Wargroove Review - Advanced Wars

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Wargroove Review - Advanced Wars

It's not often that fans' calls for a new entry in a series are ignored, only for an unrelated developer to come along with the perfect answer. And yet that's precisely what we have in Wargroove, an apparent facsimile of the Advance Wars series, which has has been dormant for more than a decade. But while its immediate appeal lies in filling a gap that few games have in recent years, Wargroove introduces smart improvements and impressive custom content tools that make this an experience that stands on its own as a terrific strategy game.

Wargroove's most basic gameplay is nearly indistinguishable from that of Advance Wars (a point of comparison that developer Chucklefish itself hasn't avoided). It's a turn-based tactics game set on a tile-based map in which you assemble an army, take control of structures that can build units or generate gold, and (usually) work to eliminate or destroy a particular target. Every action is a significant commitment; because units can't stack on the same tile and buildings can only produce one thing per turn, you have to carefully think through your strategy on each turn. The same is also true of engaging in combat; because damage is dictated by the amount of health a unit has, being aggressive can help ensure you take less damage later. None of this is new, but it serves as a solid base that Chucklefish improves upon.

Wargroove Review - Doggos Of War

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Wargroove Review - Doggos Of War

It's not often that fans' calls for a new entry in a series are ignored, only for an unrelated developer to come along with the perfect answer. And yet that's precisely what we have in Wargroove, an apparent facsimile of the Advance Wars series, which has has been dormant for more than a decade. But while its immediate appeal lies in filling a gap that few games have in recent years, Wargroove introduces smart improvements and impressive custom content tools that make this an experience that stands on its own as a terrific strategy game.

Wargroove's most basic gameplay is nearly indistinguishable from that of Advance Wars (a point of comparison that developer Chucklefish itself hasn't avoided). It's a turn-based tactics game set on a tile-based map in which you assemble an army, take control of structures that can build units or generate gold, and (usually) work to eliminate or destroy a particular target. Every action is a significant commitment; because units can't stack on the same tile and buildings can only produce one thing per turn, you have to carefully think through your strategy on each turn. The same is also true of engaging in combat; because damage is dictated by the amount of health a unit has, being aggressive can help ensure you take less damage later. None of this is new, but it serves as a solid base that Chucklefish improves upon.

Batman V Superman Director's Next Movie Is Very Different

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Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has revealed his next film project--and it's not another superhero movie. Snyder, who stepped away from making movies after a family tragedy, has confirmed his next movie is a zombie horror thriller called Army of the Dead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder will direct and produce the film, which is set to air on Netflix. He's making the movie with his wife Deborah Snyder through their production company, Stone Quarry. The script was written by Joby Harold, though Snyder is said to have come up with the core idea.

"The adventure is set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted," The Hollywood Reporter summarised.

Xbox "Going Big" At E3 This Year After Sony Drops Out

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E3 2019 is going to be a big year for Xbox at E3, it seems. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said on a recent podcast that Microsoft's showing at E3 this year will be "as big" as it's ever been for Xbox, and one reason why might be because Sony is dropping out of E3.

Speaking to Major Nelson, Spencer started off by saying, "This is going to be a fun E3 for us." He recalled an internal Microsoft conversation about E3 after the "news" that dropped last year about E3, which is presumably a reference to Sony skipping the show.

"There was some news about E3 back in the fall. We had a discussion internally about, 'Should we go big?' 'Should we save some money?' 'What does that mean?' We decided, no [we're not going to save money], we're going to do our thing," Spencer said. "We're going to go and be as big at E3 as we've ever been. I love that opportunity."

Mortal Kombat 11 Stream Delayed Amid "Life-Threatening" Cold In Chicago

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Developer NetherRealm has postponed this week's "Kombat Kast" broadcast for Mortal Kombat 11 due to storm descending on Chicago, which is where the studio is located.

Chicago has been overrun with snow over the past week, and in the coming days, the temperature is expected to remain below freezing as a brutal Portal Vortex rolls through. With the wind chills accounted for, the temperature could drop to as much as -60 F. The National Weather Service warns that this could cause frostbite on uncovered skin in as little as five minutes.

Presumably the Mortal Kombat 11 stream was postponed so participants would not need to journey into the frozen world and stay safe and warm at home instead. The National Weather Service describes the cold in Chicago right now as being "life-threatening." It is so cold that people are being advised to avoid taking deep breaths and minimize talking.

Destiny 2 Guide: How To Get The Last Word Exotic Hand Cannon

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Destiny 2 Guide: How To Get The Last Word Exotic Hand Cannon

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The Last Word was one of the coolest Exotic weapons in the first Destiny, and now it's finally returned in Destiny 2. It's a gun that has a storied history, with tons of in-game lore surrounding it that's some of the best writing in the Destiny canon. Completing the requirements to get the legendary dueling weapon, a quest called The Draw, isn't easy, though. It requires you to take out some Hive, spend a fair amount of time in the Crucible, and most of all, avoid getting yourself killed.

While a lot of the requirements for The Last Word boil down to grinding and putting in the effort, there are some places where you can fast-track your progress if you know some tricks to maximize your time. Here are all the steps you need to complete The Draw and earn yourself The Last Word, with some tips to help it all go a bit faster.

The Last Word was one of the coolest Exotic weapons in the first Destiny, and now it's finally returned in Destiny 2. It's a gun that has a storied history, with tons of in-game lore surrounding it that's some of the best writing in the Destiny canon. Completing the requirements to get the legendary dueling weapon, a quest called The Draw, isn't easy, though. It requires you to take out some Hive, spend a fair amount of time in the Crucible, and most of all, avoid getting yourself killed.

New Smash Bros. Ultimate Patch Adds Piranha Plant Character And More

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The latest patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has arrived, and it's a big one. Version 2.0.0 is available to download now, and the biggest piece of news is that it adds a new character: Piranha Plant. Everyone who registers their game by January 31 gets Piranha Plant for free, while the character will be available for everyone to buy at a later date.

For more on Piranha Plant, check out the announcement trailer above and a second video below. "Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today!" Nintendo said.

Piranha Plant pipes up in #SmashBrosUltimate as a new playable fighter! Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today! Piranha Plant is a free bonus for players who have registered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and redeemed their code before 1/31. pic.twitter.com/qDDjHOJXbk

See Nicholas Hoult As Lord of The Rings Author J.R.R. Tolkien In First Images From New Biopic

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The first official images from the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic have been released, showing off Nicholas Hoult as the acclaimed fantasy author. USA Today posted a series of images from the film, which focuses on a young Tolkien in the time leading up to his writing of the epic fantasy.

Director Dome Karukoski told the site that the movie, which is called Tolkien, will cover the author's life as he considers and confronts his own imagination. "There's often fear with that, also, in how your imagination starts to play with you, especially the mind of a genius like Tolkien," he said.

Here’s the first images from Tolkien! Can’t wait for you all to see this beautiful story #tolkienmovie @tolkienmovie

Anthem Will Let You Sprint In Fort Tarsis When The Game Launches

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BioWare has announced that it's adding running to Fort Tarsis in Anthem. It's a change that's certainly going to be positively met by many of those who played Anthem's VIP demo, and the update is scheduled to be live at the game's launch.

In an interview with GamesRadar, Anthem executive producer Mark Darrah said that the decision to have you walk through the fort was so that you would "feel a little bit underpowered," and understand "that strong difference" for a Freelancer outside their Javelin as opposed to in one. "We want it to feel like walking," he continued. "If you look at most video games, you're sprinting everywhere and we gave you a jet pack machine for when you're out in the world, and we really want it to feel like you're just a person walking around and now you are that person in Iron Man armor."

BioWare general manager Casey Hudson added that "there was a run speed that was in [the game]. And then for some reason it was out of the game for when that particular build [the VIP demo build] was made." Hudson confirmed that sprint function is back in "the main game" so you should be able to sprint in Fort Tarsis when Anthem launches. However, it doesn't sound like the function will be available in the free February 1-3 demo.