The Walking Dead - A New Frontier Episode 3 Review

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Telltale Games’ third season of The Walking Dead continues the trend of the two-part season premiere, exploring its themes of family through the strong lens of its new protagonist, Javi. And though A New Frontier continues to do right by its lead, the narrative problems of the two-part premiere persist in this good but not quite great mid-season episode.

Free Mafia 3 Demo Is Available Now

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If you've been sitting on the fence about Mafia III, 2K wants you to give it a try, for free, beginning today.

The entire first act of Mafia III can be downloaded and played on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Progress from the demo transfers over to the full game, should you purchase it once the demo completes.

The demo releases along side "Faster, Baby," the first paid DLC for Mafia III. The DLC introduces a "new narrative and more to explore," along with a new town, Sinclair Parish, where Mafia III protagonist Lincoln and new character Roxy Laveau join forces to "take down the corrupt and powerful Sheriff 'Slim' Beaumont."

Outlast 2 Developer Clears Up Australian Ratings Confusion

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Outlast 2 developer Red Barrels has clarified that Outlast 2’s recent classification snag in Australia was caused by a misleading video file provided with the submission.

“The original submission of Outlast 2 sent to the Australian Classification Branch contained the final game code and a video file for reference taken from an Alpha version of the game,” the studio explained in a statement provided to IGN. “This video file should not have been sent along with the game code, as its content was not representative of the final game.”

“In the second submission, the same game code was submitted with a video file reflecting the final game content. The game was then approved for release with an R18+ rating.”

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City Review

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You’d expect the finale of the Dark Souls trilogy to be a grand, apocalyptic affair, and as far as its haunting new settings and frightening boss fights go, The Ringed City certainly delivers. But for all the cool new gear, spells, and thrilling tests of skill and endurance it throws at you, this final DLC adventure for Dark Souls 3 has its strongest moments tucked away in the quieter corners of its carefully crafted world.

This is the end of Dark Souls as we know it, and with it comes a host of exciting lore implications that tie back to previous games in the series. Most of those moments trigger startling revelations about this beloved world's past, but also a few thought-provoking questions about its future… even at the end of everything.

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Ex-Apple Employee Hired as Head of Oculus VR Hardware

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Michael Hillman is the new head of hardware for Oculus VR.

Bloomberg reports that Facebook — which owns Oculus VR — has hired Hillman, who's spent his past 15 years at Apple. He previously worked on the iMac desktop computer at the Cupertino company and held senior positions in engineering and design.

Hillman's new role will see him pushing for Oculus Rift to hit the mainstream.

MLB The Show 17 Review in Progress

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Since receiving a final copy of MLB The Show 17, I’ve put in about 15 hours playing games and exploring the different modes. While a full review is coming later this week, I can say that this year’s version of the game is already impressing me.

The expectations are set high early, with a surprisingly good opening video; it’s definitely worth watching at least once. From there, the menus have been given a fresh look. They continue to be easy to navigate and put the stuff used most often right up front.

In-game, lighting looks like it has been improved, even after the attention it has received over the past few years. Day games are especially vibrant. I continue to be impressed by the MLB The Show 17’s ability to communicate the time of day and year based solely on changes in the sky and lighting.

Out This Week: Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 and II.5, Dark Souls III's Final DLC, Snake Pass

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With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

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