Dodging Dinos, Defecating, and Dying

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Dodging Dinos, Defecating, and Dying

In my first hours playing Ark: Survival Evolved, I woke up half-naked and shivering in the waters of a mangrove swamp. I scurried to dry land to escape a primeval crocodile, only to plummet to my death off a ridge shortly afterwards. In a new life, I waded into the ocean to ward off heat stroke, angered a nasty fish, and drowned as I kicked frantically towards shore. Giant mosquitoes gorging on a titanic boa carcass swarmed around and killed me in a blitz of stinging. Respawning again, I crafted a primitive pickaxe, hoping to finally garner some protection. Right away, a giant scorpion stabbed me full of paralyzing toxins. Death followed quickly.

Each of these embarrassing downfalls taught me what it takes to stay alive in Studio Wildcard’s in-development dinosaur sandbox. Many others have gone through a similar crash course since June, when Ark: Survival Evolved entered Early Access on Steam. Take the exhaustive resource management systems from games like DayZ, H1Z1, and The Forest and add the ability to ride into battle on a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the appeal becomes obvious.

Prologue Video For Zombie Mode Reveals Film Noir Focus

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Prologue Video For Zombie Mode Reveals Film Noir Focus

Long before its pivot towards modern warfare and futuristic technology, Call of Duty won critical acclaim in the trenches of World War II. Now the series’ latest upcoming title, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, will travel back to the 1940s again for its zombie mode, though the outbreak will unfold far away from the frontlines.

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Treyarch released a prologue video today for Shadows of Evil, the latest incarnation of Call of Duty's popular co-op survival zombie mode. The game takes place in a film noir-inspired world complete with crooked detectives and shady murders, and tasks players with finding redemption for its four playable characters by unraveling the mystery behind a shadowy figure.  

Germany's Elite GSG-9 Unit Quells Terrorism With Formidable Teamwork

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Germany's Elite GSG-9 Unit Quells Terrorism With Formidable Teamwork

Rainbow Six Siege’s Inside Rainbow videos highlight various counter-terrorist units around the world. After spotlighting the French, American, and British elite squads, we turn our attention to the four members of Germany’s GSG-9 unit and how their individual talents combine to bring down terrorists.

The tech-savvy IQ uses a wrist scanner to detect nearby electronic signals such as bombs. Blitz wields a riot shield studded with flashbang grenades to incapacitate attacking foes. Jager’s special magpie stops any incoming projectiles within its vision range. Finally, Bandit reinforces defenses by electrifying walls and barbwire. 

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A Fight For Survival In Halo 5 Launch Trailer

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A Fight For Survival In Halo 5 Launch Trailer

Microsoft and developer 343 Industries has released a launch trailer for Halo 5: Guardians, highlighting real-time gameplay as well as the game's story.

The trailer touches on Master Chief and Blue Team going AWOL, the game's other playable character, Spartan Locke, and its co-op gameplay.

Halo 5: Guardians comes out October 27 for Xbox One.

Watch The First Hour And 40 Minutes Of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth In English

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Watch The First Hour And 40 Minutes Of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth In English

Digimon Cyber Sleuth marks the big RPG return of the Digimon franchise, and Bandai Namco has showcased a huge chunk of the game's opening.

You can check out the archive of Bandai Namco's recent stream of the English version of the game below. They play through the game's beginning and confirm a few details like the fact that you will be able to share your save between the PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game.

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UbiArt Framework-Built Gravity Falls For 3DS Releasing Slightly Ahead Of Schedule

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UbiArt Framework-Built Gravity Falls For 3DS Releasing Slightly Ahead Of Schedule

Announced with a November 2015 release window, Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets is coming to 3DS this month.

The game will be available for 3DS on October 20, and is interesting for a few reasons. The game has the involvement of the show's creator, Alex Hirsch, and is being built with the same engine used to create the recent Rayman titles, Valiant Hearts, and Child of Light – UbiArt Framework. The engine has the potential to create fluid, beautiful 2D games, and as you can see in the trailer below, works well in emulating the look the TV show.

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12 Minute Trailer Showcases Nearly All Of The Cameos

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12 Minute Trailer Showcases Nearly All Of The Cameos

Project X Zone features characters from Capcom, Bandai Namco, Sega, and even a few from Nintendo, and the latest trailer shows off a whole lot of them.

You can check out the 12 minute trailer below, which shows plenty of gameplay (which isn't too different from the original game) and methodically lists many of the characters you can expect to see in the game.

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First Live Stream Brings New Multiplayer Map And Final Specialist

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First Live Stream Brings New Multiplayer Map And Final Specialist

Starting this week, Treyarch is beginning a weekly live stream series leading up to the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III on November 6. During its first broadcast of this campaign, Treyarch revealed a new multiplayer map called, as well as the ninth and final multiplayer Specialist character.

The first reveal of the live stream was a new multiplayer map called Redwood. "This map is very different from any other map that we have in the game or any map we've really done in the past," game director of multiplayer Dan Bunting said during the broadcast. "It's set in the Redwoods – as its name would suggest – in northern California, and it's a little bit outside of the core fiction of our game, but it lives inside the universe. And it's a military emplacement that's got some sky bridges connecting between different trees and it's a very just picturesque and serene kind of setting for the mayhem that happens in war."

Launch Trailer Prepares Humanity For A New Frontier

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Launch Trailer Prepares Humanity For A New Frontier

Civilization: Beyond Earth’s oceanic expansion, Rising Tide rises from the briny deep today. The game's launch trailer adds some dramatic flair to the seafaring strategy experience.

As the name suggest, Rising Tide places an increased focus on aquatic gameplay, as well as introducing a reworked diplomacy system. For more on what Rising Tide entails, be sure to check out our review. 

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A New Hope For Star Wars Multiplayer

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A New Hope For Star Wars Multiplayer

With Star Wars hype reaching new heights thanks to the impending theatrical release of The Force Awakens, DICE hopes to capitalize with its revitalization of the beloved Battlefront franchise. I spent several hours with the beta for one final look at the shooter before it hits store shelves.

Battlefront is undeniably gorgeous. Whether you’re running through the snowy trenches of Hoth or exploring the rocky canyons of Sullust, the details and lighting effects are among the most impressive I’ve witnessed on consoles.

Prior to jumping into the beta, I had my concerns about the experience DICE would deliver, but the gunplay and character navigation feel updated and smooth, whether you’re using the first- or third-person views through the three modes in the beta.