The Unexpected Surprises Of Replaying Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, And Halo 4

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We’re not ready to post our full review online yet for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but I did want to share some of my impressions of replaying Halo’s campaigns and what surprised me about revisiting the journey.

Halo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryI am one of the biggest Halo fans in the office, but I skipped Anniversary in 2011 after being severely disappointed in the multiplayer offering. I enjoy the Halo campaigns, but my personal incentive for playing has always been multiplayer first.

In this age, even with the new visuals, Halo may look outdated, but its large scale still feels intact. Landing on Halo for the first time still feels grand and impressive, and being able to switch to the old visuals is a welcome addition. In the original release, switching to the old version meant enduring a short but noticeable fade to black. The switch is instant now and the game is better for it.

Grand Theft Auto Online Gets A New-Gen Makeover, Too

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Grand Theft Auto Online Gets A New-Gen Makeover, Too

There has been a lot of news recently about Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Rockstar confirmed the first-person mode, and we’ve seen comparison video with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions.

Now we get to see how Grand Theft Auto Online looks after its makeover. Rockstar has a set of new screenshots featuring the social part of the experience.

Grand Theft Auto Online is due out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 18. PC owners get to visit Los Santos on January 27, 2015.

Colonize An Unknown Planet In Monolith Soft's Upcoming JRPG

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We didn’t know a whole lot about Xenoblade Chronicles X prior to yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, yet it still made our list of top ten most anticipated games of 2015. Now we know the setup and plot of the WiiU exclusive, as well as some gameplay details.

In the clip below, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata details the game’s story, which follows the survivors of Earth after they crash-land on a habitable planet. The plot will revolve around the group’s attempts at colonization and planetary research, including hunting of indigenous beasts (not unlike that seen in Monster Hunter), through story and side-missions. The survivors' home base is New Los Angeles, a bustling metropolis that serves as a hub for missions and game progression.

The story takes place in a “massive” open world larger than that seen in the game’s predecessor, Xenoblade Chronicles, and will feature a navigation system on the GamePad for easier traversal and exploration.

Abe The Trapper Is Evolve's Sneakiest And Most Complex Hunter Yet

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Abe The Trapper Is Evolve's Sneakiest And Most Complex Hunter Yet

Evolve developer Turtle Rock has just announced another new playable character from its upcoming game: Abe the Trapper. Like the other Trappers, Abe can create a large dome that holds the monster inside, forcing it to battle the hunters, but that is where the similarities end.

According to Turtle Rock, Abe is the most complex of the game's 12 playable hunters, wielding a custom-shotgun, tracking darts, and stasis grenades. Abe's custom-shotgun is less accurate the faster you fire it, so taking slow shots will allow you to hit far away targets, while a burst of shots will be powerful at close ranges.

His darts can be fired at the beast for easy tracking, or you can attach it to a random animal and hope the monster eats it, causing the dart to activate in its stomach. His stasis grenades slow the monster until it can escape their area of effect, but since he can deploy five grenades at once it will be hard to escape their clutches. 

16 Free DLC Packs Coming To Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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16 Free DLC Packs Coming To Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hits store shelves and digital services on February 24, 2015. On the next day, players will receive two free DLC packs for the Temerian Armor set for Geralt and his horse, and a cosmetic set of beard and hairstyles for Geralt.

Moving forward, developer CD Projekt Red plans to release two new free pieces of DLC each week, eventually reaching 16 DLC items in total. The second week of DLC consists of a new quest, and an alternative look for Yennefer of Vengerberg. The DLC works for all versions of the game.

In a blog entry on The Witcher 3's official site, Marcin IwiƄski, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red, speaks of being a gamer today. "Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor. Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days."

Adventures In Diversity With Captain Toad

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We recently got a chance to play through 11 stages of the upcoming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and each level offered a distinct set of mechanics and visuals.

It’s surprising how much of an extension Treasure Tracker – at this pre-release stage – feels to Super Mario 3D World. You may not be able to jump, but many mechanics from both the Mario levels and the Captain Toad levels appear in Treasure Tracker. Some levels prove to be surprisingly difficult as well, which shouldn’t be surprising considering World is home to one of 3D Mario’s most difficult trials.

[Editorial intern Jason Dafnis contributed to this preview]

Watch The Launch Trailer

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Watch The Launch Trailer

Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which gathers all of the Halo games staring Master Chief into one package, launches on Xbox One next week.

You can check out the launch trailer below, which showcases each of the included games (Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4) and showcases a little more of Halo 2's remade cutscenes, which were handled by prolific animation studio, Blur.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches November 11 exclusively on Xbox One. You can find out more about the game by heading here and here.

PlayStation 4 Version Adds Livestream Interactions, Visual Editor, New Game Mode, And More

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When Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed comes to PlayStation 4 later this month, it’s bringing with it a whole lot of stuff that should give it new life on new gen. In addition to higher visual fidelity and faster load times, several gameplay options will be given to PS4 owners.

Players who choose to livestream their gaming sessions will be given the option to allow viewers to interact with the game in a variety of ways. If, for example, a viewer selects the Police command, the in-game five-o will be alerted to your debauchery, while Attack turns NPCs hostile toward the player. On the more characteristically absurd end of the spectrum, a series of panty-related commands will cause female undergarments in the area to react in any number of ways.

Toybox Mode lets players begin a new game with one of every weapon, clothing item and accessories right off the bat. The trade-off for the boost comes in the form of disabled trophies, nicknames, and other forms of in-game reward.

Rockstar Releases Video Comparing GTA V On PS4 And PS3

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Rockstar Releases Video Comparing GTA V On PS4 And PS3

A new video from Rockstar places the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of GTA V side-by-side.

The updates are fairly dramatic. Cars are much shinier, there is far more foliage, the weather effects are more intense, and there are more pedestrians everywhere.

You can check out the video below, and you can also check out a trailer showcasing the new first-person mode, exclusive to the new-gen and PC versions of the game, by heading here.

Learn About The Changes And Additions In One 7-Minute Video

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Learn About The Changes And Additions In One 7-Minute Video

A new trailer titled Assassin’s Creed Unity 101 breaks down all the big advancements coming to the new-gen entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

You can check out the trailer below, which offers a lot of detail about Unity all in one convenient video package. You'll learn about the game's technical advancements, world, co-op, customization, and combat, as well as the new time anomalies, which I am hesitant to detail here as some may consider it a spoiler for Unity's story.

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