Lead Your Army Through Ancient China In Koei Tecmo's Newest Tactical Action Game

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Koei Tecmo America announced today that the latest entry in its popular Dynasty Warriors series, Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires, will arrive in North America on January 27, 2015. The tactical action expansion of Dynasty Warriors 8 will focus on the lives of its 83 playable characters, and will even let players create their own custom hero.

Instead of the linear mission based style of Dynasty Warriors proper, Empires lets you conquer Ancient China territory by territory, similar to a board game like Risk. You decide which battles to engage in, while simultaneously managing your army, resources, and economy.

Empires also avoids the traditional story telling style by letting you create your own character, developing his/her story through your gameplay rather than following one of the preexisting characters. Although the actual combat is still traditional Dynasty Warriors, the Empires modes add a bit of extra depth.

Our Time With Evolve's Big Alpha

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Our Time With Evolve's Big Alpha

Evolve's self-proclaimed Big Alpha is now underway for the Xbox One, PC, and PS4, and we hunted and got hunted in the game's appropriately named Hunt mode.

Being an alpha, naturally not all the game's modes or features are enabled, but the core experience is there: You take on the role of one of four hunters or the single monster. The goal here is simple: take down the monster if you're a hunter, and if you're the monster you must survive the round or alternately kill all the hunters or take down the map's power relay.

Picking who you want to be is easy: You can select to always be a specific class of hunter or the monster, or you can rank the five roles in order of most- to least-desirable. From here the game will try to match to your preferences. Of course, you can also state that you have no preference in which role you want to play. The menu lists an option to invite your friends, but as of the time of this writing, it's disabled.

Eldritch Edition Pre-Order Grants Character Skins, Beta Access, And A 10 Percent Discount

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Atari has announced that pre-orders for Alone in the Dark: Illumination have become available through the game’s Steam page. Gamers who pre-order the Eldritch Edition by November 3rd will receive in-game bonuses as well as a 10 percent discount.

The Alone in the Dark: Illumination Eldritch Edition includes character and weapon skins for each of the four playable characters, an exclusive achievement for being among the first to play the game, and access to the closed beta, which begins in late November. The discount also brings the price down from $29.99 to $26.99 USD.

Alongside the announcement, Atari also released new screenshots of Alone in the Dark’s Lovecraftian return, which you can steal a peek at below.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense Is Disney’s Latest Foray Into Mobile

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Disney has been dipping its toe into a number of genres with the Star Wars license. The latest is tower defense, with Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Like Disney’s Clash of Clans clone, Star Wars Commander, Galactic Defense is a free-to-play title. You’ll choose between the light side and the dark side, field familiar characters, and use support cards to back up your troops.

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The Master Chief Collection Remakes Halo 2's Coagulation Map

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The Master Chief Collection Remakes Halo 2's Coagulation Map

The beloved Halo map, Blood Gulch, is one of the most iconic multiplayer arenas in the entire series. Bungie remade the map in Halo 2 as Coagulation, and 343 Industries is partnering with Certain Affinity to give the wonderful setting yet another update with Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Bloodline.[Excrept]

The basic layout remains mostly the same with one core addition, a new base sits in the middle of the rocky canyon, flanked on either end by two other bunkers. The remade version includes some cool changes though, like UNSC Hornets from Halo 3 and EMPs to help take out pesky Warthogs. Check out more screenshots of Bloodline in the media gallery below.

Bloodline joins the likes of popular Halo2 favorites like Ascension, Lockout, Sanctuary, Warlock, and Zanzibar.

The Great Journey Begins With The Halo 2 Anniversary Launch Trailer

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The Great Journey Begins With The Halo 2 Anniversary Launch Trailer

With Halo: The Master Chief Collection out in just a couple of weeks, Microsoft is showing off the new cinematics for Halo 2 Anniversary. As you can see, these have been completely redone by Blur Studio for the Master Chief Collection.

In addition to the new cutscenes, Halo 2 Anniversary includes new visuals and remeasured sound. For more on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you can check out our Test Chamber of Halo 2 Anniversary gameplay.

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War Comes To Orience In New Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Trailer

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Final Fantasy Type-0 originally came out for the PSP in 2011 over in Japan, so you can be forgiven if you're not familiar with the game's story. However, this new trailer for Type-0 HD – the version coming to the PS4 and Xbox One – will catch you up to speed.

The Militesi Empire has invaded Rubrum and the other two nations that comprise the land of Orience. Each state has its own powerful crystal that contains special power. While Milites has found a way to subvert Rubrum's crystal defenses, students of an elite group called Class Zero stand defiant.

The trailer also gives you a glimpse of the game's party-based action combat, which allows you to switch among three characters.

MX Vs. ATV: Supercross Revives Dormant Motocross Racing Series

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MX Vs. ATV: Supercross Revives Dormant Motocross Racing Series

When we spoke with Nordic Games at Gamescom 2013, business and product director Reinhard Police told us that his company would bring back MX vs. ATV. It was one of the core franchises that motivated Nordic's acquisition of many of THQ’s game properties in April 2013. Today, fans of the series finally see the fruits of that deal with the release of MX vs. ATV: Supercross for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The sixth game in the popular dirt bike racing series, Supercross, features a customizable selection of vehicles from 80 motorcross companies and 60 pro riders, both old and new, to ride them with. In career mode, players can race in five different series on the game’s seventeen different tracks.

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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Season Pass Follows The Formula

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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Season Pass Follows The Formula

It’s no surprise that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting a season pass. In fact, nothing about the $50 bundle is likely to come as a shock for series veterans.

Alongside a new gameplay trailer today, Activision and Sledgehammer Games revealed the details for this year’s bundle. As usual, your $50 buy-in gets you four map packs. They’ll be called Havoc, Ascendance, Supremacy, and Reckoning. 

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Surprise! There’s A New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Out Today

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Surprise! There’s A New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Out Today

In September, Activision and WayForward announced a side-scrolling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Following that, much like the stealthy shellbacks, the game went very quiet.

Today, the Turtles emerge from the shadow on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. You can use all four of the heroes, swapping freely among them to use their different skills to surmount obstacles.

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