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  • Blog Post: Two Episodes In, And Hitman Still Misses The Target

    Despite having the best mechanics in the series, the latest Hitman's "episodic" format continues to kill my enthusiasm for the title. I reviewed the introductory offerings of Hitman last month, and while the gameplay stays true to what fans have loved about the series, the drip-feed of... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – An Early Run Through Mirror's Edge Catalyst

    Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the sequel to the 2008 parkour simulator, is getting ready to enter beta soon, and we took an early look at this pre-release peek. The beta goes out to those in the Frontrunners program on April 22 and to the general public on April 23 and ends on April 26. We got a chance... More
  • Blog Post: Two Dark Souls III Amateurs Discuss Their (Mis)Adventures

    From Software's Dark Souls series has garnered a dedicated cult following over the years, but not everyone is a true believer. Jeff Marchiafava and Jeff Cork discuss their early adventures in Dark Souls III, along with what they love about the game, and what they would chuck into the nearest bonfire... More
  • Blog Post: Creating The Colorful Cast Of Overwatch

    With Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment will introduce its first new IP in nearly two decades. For the studio that produced such beloved worlds as Azeroth and Sanctuary, that’s a big deal. Bringing the world of Overwatch to life takes more than just interesting character designs and appealing map... More
  • Blog Post: 5 Things I Learned The Hard Way In Fallout 4’s Survival Mode

    Fallout 4’s revamped survival mode recently went into beta on PC. The difficulty now adds a few extra systems and obstacles to Bethesda’s RPG, including sleep, hunger, and thirst cycles; extra weight on crucial items like ammo and fusion cores; and the elimination of fast travel. With the... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer Discusses Microsoft’s Unpopular PC Moves And Xbox One Evolution

    Microsoft’s Build 2016 Developer conference is a developer-focused gathering that expands its reach well beyond Microsoft’s Xbox division to talk about the technology surrounding all of Microsoft’s products. With the Universal Window Platform causing so many of Microsoft’s departments... More
  • Blog Post: An Hour And A Half With Microsoft’s HoloLens

    During Microsoft’s 2016 Build Developer’s conference, I was able to play with Microsoft’s augmented reality headset for an extended period of time. The Build Developer conference is less focused on the video game and Xbox side of Microsoft and more on showcasing Microsoft’s present... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II's Nova Covert Ops Pt.1 Impressions: Fresh Approach, Fading Fun

    I really like the model that Blizzard is using to implement the next StarCraft II “campaign” this year – a series of mission packs centering on everyone’s favorite Ghost, Nova. Nova does a great job at being a badass in the first three missions (available now), and the groundwork... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – The Elegant Challenge Of Jonathan Blow's The Witness

    The Witness is one of the early success stories of 2016, with critical acclaim (including our review ) and encouraging sales numbers . Developer Jonathan Blow and his team at Thekla began the project in 2008, but the years of waiting have paid off for players in the form of an intriguing puzzle game... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Stardew Valley Mods (So Far)

    Stardew Valley has barely been out for a month and its passionate community is already creating useful, creative, and utterly bizarre mods for the game. Here are some of our favorites. Be sure to read the installation notes for each of these mods before you install them because the process for some of... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Turn Into Iron Man In Just Cause 3's Sky Fortress DLC

    Just Cause 3's Sky Fortress DLC released today, and it gives Rico a jetpack and a flying fortress to try and blow up. Andrew Reiner and myself take a look at the DLC, remark on its many, possibly intentional references to The Avengers , and do our best to pull off explosive feats of jetpack-assisted... More
  • Blog Post: How To Ace The Final Stage In Hitman's Escalation Mode

    The first episode of Hitman is out today, and although it is seriously lacking in content , pulling off the perfect kill is still a lot of fun. Hitman's new Escalation Mode tasks you with honing your assassination skills via a series of increasingly difficult challenges. If you're having trouble... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Microsoft’s Mishandling Dooms Lionhead

    The closure of UK studio Lionhead is unfortunate not only because it means a lot of talented, hard-working developers are out of work, but it also represents Microsoft's failure to properly manage one of its tent-pole first-party studios. The poster child for this is the now-cancelled Fable Legends... More
  • Blog Post: Path Of Exile Ascendancy Impressions: Fun Features, Terrible Traps

    Path of Exile: Ascendancy adds some significant things to the ever-evolving ARPG in the form of Ascendancy classes, a smattering of new skills, items, and abilities, enchantments, and the Lord’s Labyrinth – a sort of roguelike challenge that you only get one life in before you have to start... More
  • Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know From The Xbox Spring Showcase

    Last week, Microsoft and Xbox held a big event showing off the releases coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC over the next few months. From announcements hinting at the future of the Xbox and Windows platforms to hands-on time with Xbox's biggest upcoming games, we had a lot of content come from... More
  • Blog Post: See The New Fighters Of Killer Instinct Season 3 In Action

    Killer Instinct is set to bring a new collection of playable combatants with its upcoming third season, so we decided to check them out as they showed off their best moves and combos. Join Wade and myself as we chat about the new characters of Season 3: Tusk, Kim Wu, Rash, and Arbiter. The fights you... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Unleash Time-Manipulation Powers And Affect The Future In Quantum Break

    Quantum Break is the next game from Remedy Entertainment, the studio that has brought us Max Payne and Alan Wake. While we still have a little over a month before it hits Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, we were able to play through the entire first act to see how the guns feel, how the time-manipulation... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-On With Arbiter And The Other New Characters Of Killer Instinct Season 3

    Following two successful seasons of releases that put the once-lapsed series back on the map, Killer Instinct is ready to move on to a third season. With each new season, Iron Galaxy, the team that took over from Double Helix, has introduced new characters. I recently picked up a controller and played... More
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 PC Exclusive Games

    In the last few weeks, we’ve been highlighting our choices for some of the best games to play on PlayStation 4 , Xbox One , and Wii U . In many cases, those lists saw crossover between consoles, with games like Fallout 4 appearing on multiple lists. We’ve opted for a different approach with... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play Devil’s Advocate In Fast-Paced Shooter Devil Daggers

    Devil Daggers is an arena-based FPS that clawed its way onto PC on February 18. The frenetically-paced shooter has a dark atmosphere with an aesthetic that harkens back to PC FPS games from the 90s. Join Dan Tack, Wade Wojcik, Andrew Reiner, and myself as we battle through a vicious ring of hell –... More
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