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10.09.2017

In addition to covering all of the most important news coming out of the video game industry, we do our best each week to bring you the most informative and entertaining previews, video features, and editorial content you won’t find anywhere else. Here are the biggest stories from the past week:

 
 

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November Cover Revealed – Dragon Ball FighterZ

by Suriel Vazquez

Though millions of people around the world are familiar the Dragon Ball manga, anime, games, and other kinds of cultural artifacts, only some fighting game and anime fans may know the name Arc System Works. For years, the developer has been quietly creating some of the deepest, most technical fighting games on the planet. But now that it's teamed up with Bandai Namco to create Dragon Ball FighterZ, Arc System Works has a chance to make an even bigger name for itself while also expanding the audience for fighting games. We've played the most recent build of the fast-paced, accessible fighter (including the four most recently-announced characters) and have histories, impressions, and more to share with you in this month's cover story.


 

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Review – A Sandbox For Predators

by Matt Miller

Orcs scatter as my drake makes another pass over the fortress, breathing fire into their ranks as they scramble to cover. I leap off and dive hundreds of feet, landing in a shockwave that scatters allies and foes alike. In a flash of savage strikes, my essence magically splits into multiple forms, each a machine of destruction, holding the courtyard. My army of spiders crawls over the defenders, and giant cat riders gallop through the breach in the wall made by the siege beasts. The horde charges the inner keep, and I step through the shadows and instantly reappear on my flying mount to survey the chaos.


Exclusive Gameplay Of Dragon Ball FighterZ's Two Best Players

by Ben Hanson

Don't have the time or money to play both Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen? We figured out a way to combine them. It starts with using XCOM 2's character creator and making indistinguishable versions of the cast of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. That is also where it ends. Leo Vader and I make the abominations characters and then invite Jeff Marchiafava and Ben Reeves (who reviewed Kingdom Battle and War of the Chosen, respectively) to take their new soldiers into the alien war.

Cuphead Review – A Tempest In A Teacup

by Jeff Cork

Cuphead made me shout obscenities at a flower. Its cheerful dragon tempted me to head-butt my television. And the candy princess? Oh, you don’t even want to know. I didn’t appreciate it until much later, but those early maddening hours with Studio MDHR’s run-and-gun platformer were like a kiln, hardening my skills and turning me into the best damned Cuphead player that I could be. That trial by fire is ultimately one of the most satisfying parts of the overall experience, but players who just want to enjoy its unique aesthetic are going to get burned.

Exclusive Gameplay Guides For Dragon Ball FighterZ's Newest Characters

by Ben Hanson

While visiting developer Arc System Works for our new cover story on Dragon Ball FighterZ, we wanted to let the team share some tips and just generally show off some of the work they've put into the new characters. We spoke to the game's lead battle planner (and 14-year ArcSys veteran) Seiji Fukumoto through the game's director Junya Motomura translating for us and got the rundown on the characters of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Yamcha, and Tien. We should point out that some of the names for moves used in the video are in Japanese, sorry for any confusion but it's their game and all.

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This Week’s Top Ten Must-Read Stories

 
  1. Golf Story Review - Nothing Short Of Charming
  2. Hob Review – Reclaiming A Beautiful World
  3. Replay – The Atari 2600 Spectacular
  4. Top Of The Table – The 7th Continent
  5. Five Additions That Have Us Excited For Kingdom Hearts III
  6. Running Down The History Of Wolfenstein, The World's First First-Person Shooter
  7. Sonic Forces Producer Discusses Changes To Ring System And Darker World
  8. The Ups And Downs Of Stardew Valley On Switch
  9. What The Heck Is This? Episode 15
  10. Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 5, 2017)

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What Disney Could Have Done To Save Disney Infinity

While McNutty891 makes some great points in this substantial blog, I just wanted to say that I miss DI. My biggest sore spot was the inability to use all characters in whatever world I pleased. My wife also hated that, and she was the perfect audience for this game: a Disney and new Marvel and Star Wars fan who just wanted to be these characters in whatever story mode we played. Read this blog, and lament about what could have been.

Episode 78 – Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars (ft. Chevy Ray Johnston)

Jack Gardner is here to sing the praise of one of the weirdest, best genres for Super Mario to break into. I love, love, love this game. What a crazy, awesome – and absolutely weird – adventure. Like Jack writes, this is such a unique gem.

4 Reasons Metroid: Samus Returns Is Worth Your Time, And 1 Reason It's Not

The doc is in, as in Doctor Apozem, who in this blog writes about the latest Samus game. First off, how are we not seeing more stories on this return? And secondly, he has some good thoughts on the game. Though I do think Metroid II was just fine. But like Doc says, Metorid is back, boys and girls!

   
 

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