Hands-On With Mortal Kombat X’s First Story Chapter

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Since its debut, Mortal Kombat’s cataclysmic stakes made its in-universe tournaments stand out from the pack. Winning a trophy or gaining a sense of purpose are great prizes in other fighting games, but do they stack up against saving an entire plane of existence from being annihilated? The problem has been that Mortal Kombat’s storytelling ambition has been hindered by a variety of technical constraints. And let’s face it – single-player campaigns aren’t traditionally the go-to place for fighting fans looking for a good time. With Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm may very well change that perception.

The lengthy opening cinematic does a nice job of setting things up, in case you haven’t breathlessly followed the events of every tournament over the past few decades. The gist of it is that the fallen elder god Shinnok is in the midst of returning to Earthrealm, with the goal of claiming it for his own. He’s aided by his trusty soul-sucking amulet, which is one of the sources of his powerful sorcery.

Hands-On With Mortal Kombat X’s First Story Chapter

about X hours ago from
Hands-On With Mortal Kombat X’s First Story Chapter

Since its debut, Mortal Kombat’s cataclysmic stakes made its in-universe tournaments stand out from the pack. Winning a trophy or gaining a sense of purpose are great prizes in other fighting games, but do they stack up against saving an entire plane of existence from being annihilated? The problem has been that Mortal Kombat’s storytelling ambition has been hindered by a variety of technical constraints. And let’s face it – single-player campaigns aren’t traditionally the go-to place for fighting fans looking for a good time. With Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm may very well change that perception.

The lengthy opening cinematic does a nice job of setting things up, in case you haven’t breathlessly followed the events of every tournament over the past few decades. The gist of it is that the fallen elder god Shinnok is in the midst of returning to Earthrealm, with the goal of claiming it for his own. He’s aided by his trusty soul-sucking amulet, which is one of the sources of his powerful sorcery.

AirMech Arena Heading To New-Gen Consoles

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AirMech Arena, the free-to-play MOBA mech fighter from Carbine Games, is heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

If you're unfamiliar with AirMech Arena, the game is AirMech is a twin-stick MOBA with fast-paced and strategic gameplay. The game features solo, cooperative, and ranked PvP gameplay variants. It will be available as a free-to-play title on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Spring 2015.

You can check out some screens from the game in the gallery below. You can also check out a trailer for the Xbox 360 version of the game by heading here.

Star Trek Timelines Is Free-To-Play Fan Service

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Star Trek Timelines Is Free-To-Play Fan Service

If you aren’t the least bit interested in Star Trek, turn back. There is absolutely nothing for you here if you aren’t invested in Kirk, Picard, Spock, Worf, and the rest of the colorful characters from the long-running franchise.

For those that are enamored of Gene Roddenberry’s vision for humanity’s future, here’s what Disruptor Beam has planned for its upcoming title. Spoiler: it’s 100 percent fan service.

Star Trek Timelines is Disruptor Beam’s second title, following Game of Thrones Ascent. It’s a social title and, yes, it’s free-to-play. 

Flying Through The Frantic, Gravity-Warping Arena Battles

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Flying Through The Frantic, Gravity-Warping Arena Battles

Dissident Logic’s upcoming Paperbound capitalizes on the recent popularity of local multiplayer arena battle titles like TowerFall and Samurai Gunn. The twist here is that the arenas are based on literary classics like A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Dante’s Inferno and it has a neat ability to flip the gravity for your character whenever you want. We recently got the chance to go hands-on to see how the game stacks up with others in the genre.

Every attack in Paperbound kills in one hit, so you always need to be constantly moving and wary of your opponents’ positions. At the start of every life, you are armed with your basic melee weapon, often a pencil or sword, and a scissor and an ink bomb to throw at your opponents. While scissors fly in a straight line and can be picked up off the ground if you miss your target, you only have one ink bomb that you throw in an arc that explodes. If you aren’t careful with your ink bombs you can be caught and killed in your own explosion.

Play As A Commando Elephant In Upcoming Action Platformer

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Play As A Commando Elephant In Upcoming Action Platformer

Sega and Game Freak, best known for their Pokémon franchise, have teamed up to bring the side-scrolling action platformer Tembo The Badass Elephant, coming this summer for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will be released as a digital download on each platform. The game has players racing through levels as a Rambo-styled elephant, creating as much rampage and destruction as possible. 

Shell City is being attacked by PHANTOM, a force led by a mysterious, masked commander. Tembo is called in by the National Army to help crush and stomp the enemy, whilst eating peanuts along the way. Just how badass is this elephant? Check out the humorous and cartoon-like game in the trailer below.

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PAX East Gives Us A Glimpse Of Life Is Strange’s Future

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PAX East Gives Us A Glimpse Of Life Is Strange’s Future

One of the biggest surprises for me this year has been Dontnod’s Life is Strange. The first chapter of the Square Enix-published episodic tale introduced compelling characters, mystery, and a level of authenticity I simply wasn’t expecting.

It’s been interesting to watch reaction to the title, especially with regard to the writing. While my daughter isn’t as old as protagonist Max, she’s nearly a teenager and shares some of the same affects.

She forces “cool” words into dialog, she embellishes her recap of her day with similar enthusiasm, and she shares some of the same social challenges present in the title. Life is Strange’s writing isn’t perfect, but I suspect I found it more relatable because I’ve got an almost-teenager in the house.

SSI Veterans Announce Release Date, Kickstarter Campaign

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Tactical Simulations Interactive has announced Seven Dragon Saga and an accompanying Kickstarter campaign.

TSI, which is comprised of designers from classic RPG studio Strategic Simulations Inc., says it is planning to build on the legacy of SSI’s Gold Box engine titles of the 80s and 90s. Seven Dragon Saga, which has been self-funded for the majority of its time in development, is a top down RPG in the vein of Baldur’s Gate.

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Orcs Must Die Unchained Has Changed For The Better

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Orcs Must Die Unchained Has Changed For The Better

Robot Entertainment’s MOBA-style take on the Orcs Must Die series is starting to come into focus. I had the chance to play the latest version of Unchained at PAX East, and it’s about to become a much different game from the one I spent time with at Gamescom.

In prior previews, Orcs Must Die Unchained felt a bit muddy (though it’s only in retrospect that I realize it). While the lanes were defined as in most MOBAs, character roles were a bit amorphous.

Now, Robot recommends characters for either offensive or defensive roles. The lane structure has also changed such that these roles have clearer assignments. Offensive characters will want to push with minions on those lanes. Defensive heroes will focus on traps and bottlenecking incoming minions.

Devil Survivor 2 Will Possess Your 3DS With Spotpass Demons

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Devil Survivor 2 Will Possess Your 3DS With Spotpass Demons

Atlus has detailed how it will be using the 3DS Spotpass feature in the upcoming Devil Survivor 2 remake. You’re going to want to turn it on early and start collecting items that will help you on your quest.

Like other entries in the Shin Megami Tensei family of games, Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker features demons to command (and fuse into more powerful creatures). Via Spotpass, you’ll be able to collect even more demons, like Tyrant Lucifer Frost and Wilder Catoblepas (trust us, you’ll want them).

Devil Survivor 2 also features a mechanic that allows you to assign skills to only one demon at a time (as if they were arms or armor in other RPGs). Via Spotpass, you’ll be able to pick up an as yet unrevealed magical skill, normal skill, and physical skill for your pool.