5 Reasons I'm Suprisingly Excited To Shoot And Harvest Asteroids

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5 Reasons I'm Suprisingly Excited To Shoot And Harvest Asteroids

Speaking honestly, my expectations were low when I walked in for my appointment to see Asteroids: Outpost in action at GDC 2015. What could Atari possibly be doing with the classic 1979 arcade game to make it relevant in the modern age? The last thing I expected to see on the screen was a developer roaming around a huge, lunar-like open world with a beautiful stellar backdrop. These are five reasons my excitement for the space-themed crafting and base-building MMO went from 0 to 60 within moments.

I loved the feeling of wonder I get every time I generate a new world to explore in Minecraft. Finding new nooks, structures to wander within, and resources to collect is a marvelous experience. That said, I’d much rather do that in a slick-looking version of a moon-like planetoid floating through space. Asteroids: Outpost’s world isn’t procedurally generated, but the moment I saw the expanse of white-dusted ground stretching out and the huge black void above I wanted to travel as far as my eyes could see. Get a better look at the game in the screenshot gallery below.

The Final Frontier

Experience Amplitude's PAX Demo Without Actually Attending The Show

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Ryan Lesser, creative lead on Amplitude, recently posted a video walking through of the version of Amplitude that will be at PAX for those unable to make it in person.

You can check out the video below which showcases the game's multiplayer mode, single-player mode, and some new songs that will appear in the game.

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Light And Darkness Matter

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Light And Darkness Matter

Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, I checked out Atari and Pure FPS’s upcoming sequel to the long-running Alone in the Dark series. We’ve already dived into the basics of this third-person, Left 4 Dead-style co-op game, so let’s dig in more on the illuminating gunplay.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination treats the series’ title more literally than most entries in the franchise. Terrible things begin happening in a small Virginia town after a cult summons monsters that are rendered immortal in the darkness. This is where things start to take a page (wink) from Alan Wake’s playbook. The Hunter paranormal investigator player class has a flashlight attached to his assault rifle, which makes the Lovecraftian monsters vulnerable to his volley of bullets. He also has a handy flamethrower attached to his gun, which doubles as a bright light source and devastating assault. 

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Magic Duels: Origins Evolves The Duels Of The Planeswalkers Series

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Magic Duels: Origins Evolves The Duels Of The Planeswalkers Series

Magic: The Gathering’s beginner product, Duels of the Planeswalkers, has been trending toward free-to-play for the past couple of years. The series has featured unlockable decks and in-app purchases for a while, but now Wizards of the Coast is completing the transition.

Origins is a free-to-play iteration of the franchise. It features a storyline and cards from the upcoming Magic Origins set and will receive downloadable content updates. It seems like this product will buck the trend of annual releases and serve as a platform for online play (separate from, and possibly more appealing than, Magic: The Gathering Online).

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Magicka 2 Has A Release Date And Game Of Thrones Spoof Trailer

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Magicka 2 Has A Release Date And Game Of Thrones Spoof Trailer

Magicka 2, Paradox’s tongue-in-cheek cooperative action game, has a release date. And, as you might have guessed if you are familiar with the franchise, there’s a humorous announcement video.

This time out, the conflicted vampire featured in previous trailers applies his skills to cover one of TV’s most hummable themes. If humming vampires aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of gameplay to see, also.

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Wasteland 2 Heading To Xbox One

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Wasteland 2 Heading To Xbox One

The successfully Kickstarted PC RPG is making its way to a console –  a first for the franchise.

You can check out the trailer for the game below announcing the game's incoming Xbox One release. This Game of the Year Edition includes a number of new updates including a new quirks and perks system, a new precision strike system, complete art and lighting overhaul, updated character models for all party members, and new voice-over for all the major speaking parts.

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Magicka 2's Wizardly Ways Translate Well To PlayStation 4

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Magicka 2's Wizardly Ways Translate Well To PlayStation 4

Many fantasy games offer players the option of playing as wizards and mages, but rarely do they take center stage like they did with Magicka. This PC game put the elements at its players' disposal, challenging them to fight through waves of enemies using primarily the spells at their finger tips to heal, ward, and attack. Its clever combinatorial approach to elemental spells won over more than 3 million players worldwide. For the sequel, Paradox Interactive is expanding the PC game's reach to PlayStation 4.

Magicka 2 preserves the popular elemental approach to spell casting, which gives the group of four mages the ability to mix and match the eight spells at their disposal. Players can't simply fire off area of effect damage spells with abandon, however, as friendly fire can cost your fellow mage his life. The game supports both couch co-op and online play, features drop-in accessibility, and scales the difficulty based on the number of players.