GameSkinny RSS Feed The top articles on GameSkinny. http://www.gameskinny.com en Guild Launch, LLC Remember Me -- Prince of Deja Vu: The Sands of Random Mechanics There are few things as unpleasant to review as a middle of the road game. There are so many things you want to like about it but also so many things you think hold it back from even being average. It wasn't a terrible or boring slog, nor was it a mastpierece. No matter how you slice it, it's not for everyone, but you loved playing parts of it all the same. Remember Me is very much that sort of game.

A Broken Memory

You are Nilin, an amnesic "memory hunter" in Neo-Paris who can not only ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/jlvu0/remember-me-prince-of-deja-vu-the-sands-of-random-mechanics Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59:28 -0400
Newly Launched VGRHQ Gives Game Critics Their Day in the Sun Having been a video game critic for about 15  years now, I know it's a thankless job.

I also know it's one of the most misunderstood jobs out there, and it really drives me nuts when people just scoff and say, "You get to play games for a living, so stop complaining." Yeah, well, "living" is a very subjective term, first of all. Secondly, the process usually degrades into pure drudgery, which everyone seems to forget.

And yet, video game reviews are critical. They're so often the reason a ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/9ji8w/newly-launched-vgrhq-gives-game-critics-their-day-in-the-sun Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:40:51 -0400
Naughty Dog Announces Final DLC Grounded Bundle For The Last of Us Naughty Dog has announced its third and final DLC expansion for their post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us on PS3 entitled Grounded Bundle. This latest DLC is included in the $20 Season Pass and will include new additions for both single player and multiplayer modes.

The Grounded Bundle includes a new extra-hard single player difficulty called "Grounded Mode." It will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack which introduces for new maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine and Water Tower. ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/9se1x/naughty-dog-announces-final-dlc-grounded-bundle-for-the-last-of-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:11:08 -0400
Totally Groovy: Bruce Campbell's Top 4 Voice Overs in the Spider-Man Games Finally, we come to the best of the best, Spider-Man the Movie Game! While it lacks the open world of most Spider-Man games have, it focused more on a mix of stealth, brawling, and a surprising amount of destructibility for various assets.

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Treyarch poured a lot of extra ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/sumbr/totally-groovy-bruce-campbells-top-4-voice-overs-in-the-spider-man-games Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:38:53 -0400
Remember Walkmans? These Kids Don't Those of you who are old enough to know what a Walkman is might want to sit down, because it’s time to feel really old. The popular YouTube channel called TheFineBros have recently put up a new instalment to their “Kids React To” series. A show where kids are given items of days long past and asked what they think of it.

In this installment, a group of kids are given a Walkman and asked “What is it used for?” some kids have simply no idea, while a couple of them give a few guesses: Is it a ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/tpyk8/remember-walkmans-these-kids-dont Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:13:55 -0400
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer Remade in GTA V Before, it was remaking GTA V's trailers in GTA IV. Now we've got a fan remake of the entire ten minute trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in GTA V. While some scenes stretch GTA V's machinema qualities to the limit, others are surprisingly close to the action on-screen, including remaking one of the displayed stealth sections.

Despite seeming like a parody for some scenes, most of the action is played straight. If you're a little rusty on the original trailer, they've also ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/xtyyp/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-trailer-remade-in-gta-v Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:10:48 -0400
Bungie Fires Halo and Destiny Composer Martin O'Donnell When you think of the Halo series, a few things come to mind. You see Master Chief stealing vehicles and dual-wielding needlers while dodging plasma bolts; you feel the controller firmly in your hand as the controlled chaos of Bungie's organic AI interactions flow in front of you; and you can hear Martin O'Donnell's booming and sweeping orchestrative notes making every moment feel like a climax before calming you down right as the next big moment is to come.

O'Donnell's music has defined ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/7j2tu/bungie-fires-halo-and-destiny-composer-martin-odonnell Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:39:08 -0400
Next Generation MMO Games: What's Next for Multiplayer Trends? This year's PAX East was graced with our Next Gen MMO panel! It was epic fun and quite interesting. Thanks to our great panelists (from left to right on stage):

  • Stephan Frost (Design Producer, Carbine Studios)
  • Ian Fisher (Director of Design, Robot Entertainment)
  • Dave Georgeson (Director of Development, Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Kjartan Pierre Emilsson (Principal Game Designer, EVE/CCP)
  • Stephen Johnston (President, Guild Launch)

With this panel you get to hear, right from the ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/p2135/next-generation-mmo-games-whats-next-for-multiplayer-trends Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:32:30 -0400
Finding Religion in Dead Space This article was previously posted, un-edited on my blog on Game Informer.

Spoilers for Dead Space 1-3 ahead!

To be clear, I am a professed Protestant Christian. While I subscribe to no particular sect, my religious belief is very important to me. Normally I've accepted that most developers retain a secular outlook for their games so as to not offend anyone, but in the process, I feel we're leaving a really important conversation out of the medium for fear of upsetting people.

We live in ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/t6qh4/finding-religion-in-dead-space Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:12:27 -0400
The Future of Video Games: Where Should We Go From Here? When humans decided to strive for the stars, they went out and reached the stars.

Okay, so they didn't actually "reach a star," but you know what I mean: We broke earth's previously inescapable barrier and put out a tentative, probing finger. We sampled what was beyond. We came away with more questions than answers but those questions exist now, and they'll be answered by future generations.

How does this apply to video games? Well, if you really think about it, this is a form of ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/ztt36/the-future-of-video-games-where-should-we-go-from-here Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:53:55 -0400
Elder Scrolls Online: How To Level Provisioning This is the most unorthodox craft in the game. While exploring the world of Tamriel, the majority of your material gathering is from barrels, crates, and other such interactive objects. There are also materials gathered from fishing, which Stephanie covered, and elusive non-aggressive monsters that drop meats. In this guide I'll cover the best way to level Provisioning, based on personal experience.

Here's a bit of background on Provisioning, since even though it's not my main I still have ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/09s0n/elder-scrolls-online-how-to-level-provisioning Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:05:36 -0400
Titanfall Game Director Steve Fukuda Discusses Free Titanfall Content When it comes to Titanfall's map packs, you will have to pay for those. Anything else that developer Respawn Entertainment decides to add to the game, such as new features or game modes, will be free. Game director Steve Fukuda made the announcement today on the game's blog, as well as some of the features that are on the way.

Fukuda mentions that the studio wishes to improve what they call their "update tempo," which is not just accelerating how often they update the game, but also ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/8ks8w/titanfall-game-director-steve-fukuda-discusses-free-titanfall-content Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:09:49 -0400
Titanfall Updates Outlined by Game Director With a successful launch of Titanfall earlier this year, the game has gotten to settle in a little and updates are coming. 

The "future of Titanfall" revealed at PAX East this past weekend got a lot of players wishing for more than just the DLC announcement that they got. Director Steve Fukuda posted on the official Titanfall blog delivering just that--more info on the game's upcoming updates and what exactly players can expect. 

Support and Updates Coming

Fukuda readily admits that he ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/jhzr7/titanfall-updates-outlined-by-game-director Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:41:56 -0400
PAX East 2014: Hands-On with Evolve After waiting in a two-hour line this weekend at PAX East, I had the chance to play Evolve, the upcoming co-operative shooter from Left 4 Dead’s Turtle Rock Studios. Only slightly reminiscent of the studio’s first game, Evolve pits four hunters against one giant, alien monster.

While the demo I played was just a glimpse of what’s to expect from the full game, it was a ton of fun and here’s why.

The Hunters

Evolve features four classes of hunter: Trapper, Assault, Support, and Medic. ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/gk2tw/pax-east-2014-hands-on-with-evolve Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:36 -0400
PAX East: The Evil Within First Impressions The survival horror genre is scarcely worked within the video game industry and can be hit-or-miss with the general public.The Evil Within is the latest survival horror videogame by Tango Gameworks. As a fan of the survival horror genre, I was excited to see what The Evil Within had in store at PAX East.

Initial Impressions

About forty people were led into a dark room with a huge monitor in the front while a person stood beside ready to play. I instantly shrugged off the fact that I ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/pueaf/pax-east-the-evil-within-first-impressions Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:19:11 -0400
Call of Duty DLC to Feature Snoop Dogg Voiceovers No, no really I didn't just make this up. For two dollars and ninety nine cents, you -- yes lucky lucky you -- can have Snoop Dogg narrate all the multiplayer voice prompts in-game for Call of Duty: Ghosts. It is just one segment of a series of "customization items" that will be on offer to purchase on the 22nd of April.

To many it sounds like a caricature of a caricature of Snoop Dogg "rackin' points with his homies in the joint with a brother from another mother" (yeah, he says all those ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/1o9jm/call-of-duty-dlc-to-feature-snoop-dogg-voiceovers Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:46:14 -0400
Do Gifts Amount to Bribes? Ubisoft Gives Away Nexus 7 Tablets at Press Event Editor's Note: The following is an opinion piece and does not represent an official stance from GameSkinny on any issue or event.

--- Update: Ubisoft UK has tweeted an official response:

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There was a lot of attention-grabbing happening at this year’s PAX East in Boston. As a person ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/i7lwf/do-gifts-amount-to-bribes-ubisoft-gives-away-nexus-7-tablets-at-press-event Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:53:39 -0400
Inside One Of Cards Against Humanity's Rarest Packs This past weekend in Boston, the dudes and lady dudes of Cards Against Humanity hosted a 'pitch a card' style panel at PAX East 2014. The late-night panel was jam-packed and I was lucky enough to snag one of the very last seats. Some suggestions were great, most them were... not so much. To everyone's surprise, the panel ended with a FaceTime call to a local Boston printer where the 10 best cards suggested were already coming hot off the presses. "Look under your seats for a pin," they ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/ecj8x/inside-one-of-cards-against-humanitys-rarest-packs Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:33:28 -0400
The Last of Us Remastered Has A Launch Date? According to listings from major retailer websites and news out of IGN, The Last of Us Remastered is set to arrive in stores in North America on June 20th for the PS4.

GameSpot found listings on Target and Best Buy that indicate the same release date, along with the previously announced price of $60 USD. When I called the local GameStop to inquire about this date, the associate stated to me they still had the listing for January 1st, 2015.

According to the Naughty Dog website if you ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/pvbyc/the-last-of-us-remastered-has-a-launch-date Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:10:41 -0400
An Interview With David Reeckmann, Creator of Major League Wizardry With trading card games making a triumphant comeback, it's no surprise that indie developer, David Reeckmann, is taking the mobile market by storm with Major League Wizardy.

Boasting over 5,000 downloads on the Android market, and an iPhone version in the works, it's well on its way to creating its mobile footprint. 

I had the pleasure of picking the brain of David Reeckmann, developer of the rising application, who goes on to explain how he got started, what aspects he enjoys most, and ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/zhszs/an-interview-with-david-reeckmann-creator-of-major-league-wizardry Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:16:46 -0400
The Nihilistic World of Oblitus Have you ever imagined what a 2D version of Dark Souls would look like? Well, look no further, my friend; indie developer Connor Ullmann is working on such a game, and it is ominously called Oblitus. A dead word from a dead language, Oblitus is latin for forgotten, disregarded, or neglected.

In Oblitus, you play as a small spear-wielding creature named Parvus--another latin word meaning small, cheap, or unimportant--who is on a journey of self discovery. Parvus wishes to find out where he ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/1pvb2/the-nihilistic-world-of-oblitus Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:49 -0400
Announcement: WildStar Beta Key Giveaway! Want to play some WildStar? Good, because...

WE HAVE BETA KEYS!

Our good friends at Carbine Studios have given us a bunch of beta keys just for you! 

WildStar Beta Key Weekend Details

The Beta Key Weekend begins this Friday, April 18th at 7:00am PST, and runs through Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm PST.

The level cap for the event will be 20.

Keys are available NOW through Thursday, and can easily be redeemed by clicking below. Make sure you begin downloading the game client before ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/otejw/announcement-wildstar-beta-key-giveaway Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:06 -0400
PAX East 2014: Not a Hero Impressions From the creators of 2D skateboarding game Olli Olli comes a quick paced piece of candy-colored ultraviolence - Not a Hero. With a unique 2D aesthetic and brutal action, it's a fascinating experience in destruction. 

In Not a Hero, you play a murderous loner tasked with killing all the opponents of the mayoral candidate BunnyLord, an anthropomorphic rabbit from another dimension. Without your characters violent intervention, BunnyLord has no shot of winning this election. The action in the ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/dxfkd/pax-east-2014-not-a-hero-impressions Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:52:26 -0400
Are You a MOBA Noob? Don't Play Dawngate... Yet You've probably heard a lot about DawngateEA's venture into MOBAs. It was heavily featured at PAX East (you can read more of GameSkinny's PAX coverage here) and I keep seeing the ads for it around my favorite gaming sites. 

As a five-year veteran of League of Legends, I'm always excited to try out new MOBAs, so I recently downloaded the Dawngate beta - something that is open for everyone at the moment. After a few hours of downloading and installing (silly American slow internet), I ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/5pedt/are-you-a-moba-noob-dont-play-dawngate-yet Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:10 -0400
New Half-Life World Record: Game Completed in 20 minutes and 41 Seconds A new "Speedrun" record has been broken for Valve's classic title, Half-Life. A host of avid Half-Life fans all chipped in to do separate segments of the 15 hour length game. They managed to whittle down the gameplay length -- in its entirety --  to just 21 minutes of video footage. 

Being developed since 2010, the group of 8 players (quadrazid, CRASH FORT, coolkid, pineapple, YaLTeR, Spider-Waffle, FELip) each did different parts, and the quickest were pieced together for the shortest ...

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http://www.gameskinny.com/akn8k/new-half-life-world-record-game-completed-in-20-minutes-and-41-seconds Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:13:06 -0400