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5.30.2015

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The Fall And Resurrection Of Licensed Games

by Ben Hanson

While our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0 covers Avalanche Software's next big release, while visiting the studio we spoke to its general manager John Blackburn about the turbulent history of licensed games based on animated films. The studio was put in a relatively dire situation around 2008 as the market for licensed games was drying up and before the toys-to-life genre of games took off, but things shifted after their bold pitch for a game based on Toy Story 3. While Disney Infinity has placed some secure ground under the studio's feet, Blackburn is looking to change things up and experiment with future releases in the series taking on "a different form" from an annual cycle.


 

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5: The Return Of Old School

by Matthew Kato

Skating is about evolution and adaptation. A trick is built upon and takes new forms. The McTwist becomes the 900. Someone does a 360 flip to a grind, and another skater does the trick down a flight of stairs. It's about community – inspiring others and learning from them. Skateboarding is also a survivor. Its popularity may wane and cities may enact anti-skating ordinances, but it just re-emerges even stronger.


What's The Verdict On Destiny: House Of Wolves?

by Matt Miller

Since its launch in September, Destiny has always encouraged social engagement as the key to full enjoyment of the game. Raids and Nightfall strikes acted as end-game experiences squarely targeted at group play, but demanded you do your own work to form and solidify the teams that would enter those spaces. With House of Wolves, Bungie has doubled down on this strategy, offering two brand new gameplay modes that are a ton of fun, along with some of the most interesting gear and weapons yet seen, but the best of the new content demands a pre-formed group.

Take This (But Not That): Where The Witcher 3 Triumphs And Stumbles

by Jeff Cork

Over the past week, I’ve spent the bulk of my gaming time on The Witcher 3. What can I say? I’m hooked. It provides a wonderfully detailed world to explore, and it’s the first Witcher game to truly win me over. I’m still several dozen hours away from finishing the game, but I’ve already grown attached to what it does well. CD Projekt Red certainly wasn’t the first studio to discover these elements, but they’ve done a great job of implementing them. Here are some things I’m hoping that we see more in a post-Witcher 3 world, as well as a few missteps that should be left by the wayside.

Everything We Know About Disney Infinity 3.0’s Inside Out Play Set

by Kimberley Wallace

Pixar's newest film, Inside Out, hits theaters on June 19 and has some powerhouse talent voicing its characters, including Amy Poehler and Lewis Black. The movie is about a young girl named Riley struggling with her feelings about her family's move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Her emotions, such as Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness, are personified in her mind, living in the control center of it to try to guide her through all her feelings. Disney Infinity 3.0 will have a play set dedicated to the characters of Inside Out and it features its own separate storyline. Here's what you need to know about it.

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This Week’s Top Ten Must-Read Stories

 
  1. 6 Steps To Becoming A World-Class Video Game Villain
  2. Don't Forget These Cult Classics From Last Generation
  3. The Witcher 3's Card Game Gwent Is Fun, Here's How To Get Started
  4. Five Shooters That Don't Rely On Bullets
  5. Kyle's Top 5 Nintendo 64 Games
  6. The Eight Most Disappointing Games Of Our Time
  7. 10 New Facts About Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
  8. I'm Done Playing Witcher 3 Until CD Projekt RED Fixes It
  9. What Do Amiibos Do In What Games?
  10. Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 28, 2015)

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Book Report: 8-Bit Christmas

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