Hunting History's Most Dangerous Predators

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Expansive Worlds' TheHunter is a free-to-play shooter that offers a realistic hunting experience on your PC. But recently some members of the studio (as well as staff from their partner company, Avalanche Studios) started work on a side project involving dinosaurs, and the rest of the team took notice. It was turned into a full release, a game called TheHunter: Primal.

TheHunter: Primal, much like its predecessor, is a realistic hunting simulator. But Expansive Worlds says survival and exploration will play a much bigger part in hunting (and being hunted by) these dangerous dinos. 

They also stress that Primal is not just a quick cash in. The game will feature improved character models, sound design, intra-species interactions, and of course, improved enemy AI. 

The Dark Knight Returns In New Batman: Arkham Knight Footage

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The Dark Knight Returns In New Batman: Arkham Knight Footage

After a delay out of 2014 and into the new year, Rocksteady is giving us our first new look at the Caped Crusader’s next adventure. In this first of three videos, we see gameplay of the Dark Knight infiltrating Ace Chemicals.

The new footage gives us a look at a number of Batmobile abilities and some of Batman’s new abilities, like the fear takedown. There’s also clearly more interaction with the environment during combat.

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Tome: Immortal Arena Enters The MOBA Ring On Steam

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Tome: Immortal Arena Enters The MOBA Ring On Steam

Tome: Immortal Arena is a MOBA that prides itself on short matches, fast gameplay, Bruce Campbell, and accessibility, even to the MOBA-illiterate – and it’s free to play on Steam right now.

In Tome, players pick their Guardians and fight two-lane 3v3 or 5v5 matches to earn XP, Devotion, and favor with the six Gods. The game features short, 10 to 15-minute matches, in-lane healing, and auto-buy functions to make it more approachable to MOBA newcomers. And oh, yeah – Bruce Campbell is the in-game announcer.

The pictures and video below give you an idea of what you’re getting into when you get into Tome.

The God Of Destruction Enters The Fray

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The God Of Destruction Enters The Fray

Drumming up excitement for its February release, Namco Bandai has announced three new characters will be featured in Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Beerus, Whis, and Great Ape Vegeta. Beerus and Whis are hot off the heels of their debut in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, while fans know Great Ape Vegeta as the power monkey transformation of the prince of all saiyans.

Beerus and Whis are relatively newer characters to the series. In Battle of Gods, the God of Destruction Beerus and his attendant Whis travel to Earth, threatening to destroy it. Xenoverse lets players take control of both of these characters and features them both prominently in the Time Patrol Quest. Since Xenoverse's story mode rewrites classic DBZ moments, players are likely to see a new take on Battle of Gods' events.

Great Ape Vegeta marks the introduction of massive boss battles to Xenoverse. These fights will be found in the Time Patrol Quest and Parallel Quest modes. As you can see from the gallery, Great Ape Vegeta dwarfs player characters in size. Players will need work with other players online to exploit his weak points.

Learn More About Telltale’s Borderlands Team-Up With Gearbox

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Learn More About Telltale’s Borderlands Team-Up With Gearbox

Telltale Games wants you to know that Tales from the Borderlands is coming “very soon.” In order to get you hyped up for a trip to Pandora powered by words rather than bullets (ok, there are some bullets, too), the studio has released a new behind-the-scenes video featuring Gearbox talking about the team-up.

You might recall that this isn’t the first rodeo for this duo. The pair partnered for Poker Night 2, in which Claptrap appeared.

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Learn More About Telltale’s Borderlands Team-Up With Gearbox

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Learn More About Telltale’s Borderlands Team-Up With Gearbox

Telltale Games wants you to know that Tales from the Borderlands is coming “very soon.” In order to get you hyped up for a trip to Pandora powered by words rather than bullets (ok, there are some bullets, too), the studio has released a new behind-the-scenes video featuring Gearbox talking about the team-up.

You might recall that this isn’t the first rodeo for this duo. The pair partnered for Poker Night 2, in which Claptrap appeared.

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Dead Or Alive 5 Boss Cyber-Raidou Rises From The Grave As Playable Character

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Team Ninja has revealed that Raidou, the final boss from the original Dead or Alive, will make a playable reappearance in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. Presumed dead after losing the DOA tournament, Raidou returns as a murderous cyborg with amnesia.

With no conscience or memory (a nasty side-effect of cyber-resurrection) to remind him that he died in the last tournament, Raidou re-enters the ring hell-bent on quenching his thirst for power. The gallery of screenshots below shows Raidou going toe-to-mecha-toe with series fighters Hayabuse, Hayate, and more.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, an update to Dead or Alive 5, will be released on February 17 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. For pricing information, playable characters, and more about Last Round, visit our recent preview.

The Crew Open Beta Scheduled To Begin November 25

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The Crew Open Beta Scheduled To Begin November 25

Ubisoft has announced that the The Crew will have an open beta on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in the coming days. The content featured will be the same as what was available during the closed beta earlier this month.

Players will be able to drive across the United States and participate in events in two of the five regions (Midwest and East Coast). Additionally, two of the five car specs (street and dirt) will be available.

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Battling Aliens At Buckingham Palace

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Battling Aliens At Buckingham Palace

Even for Nintendo, the company that brought us oddities like Pikmin and Earthbound, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is a bizarre offering. The game’s premise is basically Independence Day set in a steampunk world. When aliens attack Earth, President Abraham Lincoln assembles an elite team of folkloric heroes and 19th and 20th century literary characters to combat the invaders. Here, S.T.E.A.M. both refers to the energy that powers everything in this alternate Earth and the acronym for Lincoln’s squad: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace.

If you think any of the above sounds like it could be from a comic book, you’re not wrong. Developer Intelligent Systems (of Fire Emblem and Advance Wars fame) drew inspiration from classic comic artists like Jack Kirby, Bruce Timm, and Mike Mignola. But with so many disparate influences, is it possible for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. to function as a cohesive strategy game? From what I gleamed from my preview of the game, the answer is yes.

A New Bloodborne Weapon And Hints Of A Procedurally Generated Labyrinth

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A New Bloodborne Weapon And Hints Of A Procedurally Generated Labyrinth

Even though Bloodborne received a delay from February until March, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any news. Today, producer Masaaki Yamagiwa revealed a new weapon and hints that there may be more sinister secrets than any previous Souls-style game.

Underneath the city of Yharnam lies honeycombed tunnels and ruins. According to Yamagiwa’s post, these may not be easily mapped or predicted. “These ruins appear differently to each hunter brave enough to enter,” he writes.

This hints that there may be some procedurally generated elements of Bloodborne’s level design (though perhaps not something you’ll find everywhere). Thankfully, players will be well-armed for the journey.