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1.24.2015

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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The Secret Depth Of Uncharted 4’s Art Design

by Andrew Reiner

The dense foliage of Madagascar holds many secrets. The bones of the dead highlight failed attempts at uncovering its mysteries, and the trees blanket the sigils that once pointed to the whereabouts of a lifetime of riches. This world is teeming with life. Birds take to the skies, waterfalls tumble in the distance, and the lush greenery flows peacefully in the wind. Although you may never notice it, the world is also feeding off of the emotions of its latest visitor, veteran treasure hunter Nathan Drake.


 

MMORPGs To Watch In 2015

by Daniel Tack

While there may not be an expansive roster of new MMORPGs coming out in 2015, new content and constant updates make games that are years old attractive options in the space. While many MMORPGs have opted to go the free-to-play route over the last decade, there are a lot of different models and options out there to pick from. Here is a selection of titles that might have what you’re looking for headed into 2015.


Microsoft Announces Holographic Augmented Reality Project

by Mike Futter

Microsoft has taken the other path. Instead of pursuing virtual reality like Oculus and Sony, the company has chosen to invest in augmented reality. The concept video shown demonstrates potential applications for entertainment, design, engineering, and scientific exploration. Rather than lean on the term “augmented reality,” Microsoft has opted to call the project Windows Holographic.

Designing The New Gameplay Of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

by Ben Hanson

As discussed in our previous video interview with the game director and creative director, the Uncharted 4 team is planning on opening up the gameplay options a bit by providing multiple paths and ways to take out Nathan Drake's enemies. We spoke with co-lead designer Ricky Cambier to discuss how Drake is using his new rope/grapple tool and more to embrace the team's more sandbox-centric approach to Uncharted 4's gameplay.

Six Places We Want To Visit In Destiny (But Can’t)

by Matt Miller

If you’ve been playing a lot of Destiny, it’s likely you’ve come face to face with some locations that seem to indicate the presence of something cool to do or explore, but for one reason or another, that location remains blocked to your guardian. I’ve been wandering the planets for months, and it’s only made me more curious about the locations Bungie has yet to flesh out into fully fledged gameplay locations.

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This Week’s Top Ten Must-Read Stories

 
  1. 10 Gaming Innovations The World Wasn't Ready For (But Is Now)
  2. Dissecting The Characters Of Uncharted 4
  3. Franchises That Are Nearly Unrecognizable From How They Started
  4. Readers Tell Us What Modern Developers They Want On Classic Game Franchises
  5. What Do Amiibos Do In What Games?
  6. Citizens of Earth Review – A Charming, Yet Repetitive Vice Presidential Campaign
  7. 10 Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like To See
  8. Resident Evil HD Remaster Review – Extreme Makeover: Spencer Mansion Edition
  9. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Review – The Devil You Know
  10. Sony Compensating PlayStation Network Account Holders Affected By 2011 Security Breach

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War Is Not Just For Soldiers

LetMeGetToACheckpoint reflects on the troubling, real-life lessons learned while playing This War of Mine.

What the Heck Is A Roguelike Anyway?

Daniel Jones asks the question we’ve all been thinking, but is far too late to ask out loud for fear of embarrassment.

My Top Five Most Overrated Video Games

Much like our own Sacred Cow Barbecue, TonberryKing128 counts down the five games they can’t figure out receive so much praise.

   

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