Life Is Strange student handbook returns us to high school — plus Max and Chloe

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Life Is Strange student handbook returns us to high school — plus Max and Chloe

Life Is Strange 2 takes us back to the general universe of the series, despite leaving behind the characters of the first game. An upcoming book from publisher Titan Books brings back Chloe, Max and the town of Arcadia Bay to give us time to return to the original game’s world.

Life Is Strange — Welcome to Blackwell Academy is something of a “student guide,” according to Titan Books, and focuses on the boarding school where much of the first game takes place. Students offer their own takes on the more straightforward notes about Blackwell’s staff. Those takes include plenty of graffiti, photos and other parts of the Life Is Strange aesthetic.

Classic Bally/Williams pinball tables coming to Pinball FX3

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Classic Bally/Williams pinball tables coming to Pinball FX3

Zen Studios’ Pinball FX3 is the new home for classic pinball tables from Bally and Williams. Previously those pinball tables were part of Farsight Studios’ The Pinball Arcade, which lost the rights to license earlier this year.

The first Bally/Williams tables coming to Pinball FX3 are Fish Tales, Junk Yard, Medieval Madness and The Getaway: High Speed 2, all of which will be released sometime in 2018. Those tables are available to play now in public beta form in Pinball FX3 on Steam.

Flying disk sports return with Windjammers 2 for Switch and PC

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Flying disk sports return with Windjammers 2 for Switch and PC

My first experience with the original Windjammers was on a ferry in Scotland. Many of the memories from that marching band trip, following my senior year of high school, are fuzzy. But I distinctly remember schooling my friends in flying disk sports, on the stand-up cabinet we huddled around to keep out of the rain.

In the time since that trip in 1996 either my skills have dulled or my prowess at the game has been embellished in my mind, because I got my tail whopped at Windjammers 2 at PAX West. With an unexpected (and well received) Windjammers revival in 2017, DotEmu is taking us back to the court with a sequel to the 1994 original.

Destiny 2 annual pass won’t add new planets, but will add new ‘bubble’ locations

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Destiny 2 annual pass won’t add new planets, but will add new ‘bubble’ locations

The Destiny 2 annual pass has been the cause of some confusion since it was announced in June. While players have known the names of the three annual pass add-ons (Black Armory, Joker’s Wild and Penumbra), the contents have remained mostly a mystery. In a recent video, Bungie clarified the themes of each expansion, confirmed the return of heavy machine guns and promised new activities for players who do and don’t own the annual pass.

During a Q&A with Destiny 2: Forsaken’s game director Steve Cotton and project lead Scott Taylor at Bungie’s studio, we asked the developers if there would be any new locations for Guardians to explore come Black Armory, Joker’s Wild and Penumbra.

Destiny 2: Forsaken’s opening mission is a nostalgia trip

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Destiny 2: Forsaken’s opening mission is a nostalgia trip

At an event at Bungie early last week, I was able to sit down and play through the first parts of Destiny 2: Forsaken. The opening mission is about what we all think it should be: Cayde-6. But the locale is also familiar for most Destiny players. The mission is called “Prison Break,” and takes place inside the vast Prison of Elders.

Earlier this year, we wrote about how successfully Destiny 2: Forsaken’s first mission trolls players. But Forsaken’s opening mission is as much of a stroll down memory lane as it is a last hurrah with Cayde-6. And it shows off an impressive new level of environmental storytelling for the Destiny 2 team.

This Land is My Land takes a different view of the Wild West than Red Dead Redemption

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This Land is My Land takes a different view of the Wild West than Red Dead Redemption

With Red Dead Redemption 2 coming later this year, interest in Wild West games is at a heightened level. So it’s interesting to take a look at a game in development that seems broadly similar to RDR 2, but is taking a very different approach to the subject. This Land is My Land — due out in the first half of next year — is an open-world game set in late 19th century frontier, but it’s played from the point of view of a Native American. It’s due out in the first half of next year.

By contrast, Red Dead Redemption 2’s protagonist is a white man. Promotional footage thus far released has shown little evidence of Native Americans, likely because RDR 2 is set in 1899, decades after the defeat of plains tribes by a combination of the United States military and by the influx of white settlers wielding advanced technologies.

Killer Queen’s arcade scene could see major boon from Nintendo Switch release

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Killer Queen’s arcade scene could see major boon from Nintendo Switch release

Ground Kontrol is one of Portland, Oregon’s most well-known barcades, and on a busy night it’s packed with customers playing a multitude of arcade games, from 1980s vector graphics classics like Tempest to shiny new limited edition cabinets like the recently-released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

But to many who frequent the barcade, it’s all about Killer Queen, the 10-player competitive platformer that dominates the establishment’s frontmost game room.

Hands-on with BioMutant’s adorable — and deadly — critters

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Hands-on with BioMutant’s adorable — and deadly — critters

There are many kid-appropriate games with furry woodland creatures. Then there’s BioMutant, a game about a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by scarred and angry, yet adorable, critters.

Developed by Experiment 101 (a studio owned by THQ and founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist), BioMutant is an open-world action RPG that plays like a dream. It all begins with designing your BioMutant by finding a perfect balance of Strength, Agility, Intellect, Charisma, and Vitality.