God of War Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com God of War RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best PS4 Action-Adventure Games to Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/j5mev/best-ps4-action-adventure-games-to-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/j5mev/best-ps4-action-adventure-games-to-play-on-ps5 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 13:21:36 -0500 Dylan Webb

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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While we continue waiting on the elusive Elden Ring, it’s as good a time as any to take a look back at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Developed by FromSoftware, it marked a departure from the studio’s previous work on Bloodborne and Dark Souls, featuring fewer RPG elements and no online multiplayer, though it, of course, retained the signature Soulslike difficulty of its predecessors.

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Playing as the disgraced “one-armed wolf” during Japan’s 16th century Sengoku period, we find a tale of revenge as he goes after the samurai clan that attacked him and kidnapped his lord. Utilizing a retinue of refined ninja skills, stealth, and head-to-head combat, Sekiro is absolutely worth a look if you’re up to the challenge, but it’s not for the easy-going.

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Do you agree with the games we've laid out here in this list? Sound off in the comments below.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft will always be one of gaming’s most iconic protagonists and though Tomb Raider games haven’t always hit the mark, we found a damn fine effort within Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Launched in 2018 and developed by Eidos- Montréal, it marks the third entry in the rebooted franchise, following on from 2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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This time around, Lara is traveling between Central and South America, exploring the lost Inca city of Paititi whilst fighting a paramilitary organization. We thought highly of it, though some critics believed that after three entries the formula was getting stale. Either way, if you aren’t tired of raiding tombs just yet, this adventure should prove quite satisfying.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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We’ve seen some mixed results from Star Wars since EA obtained the license but if there’s one game you shouldn’t ignore, it’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Taking place five years after Revenge of the Sith, we play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who is being hunted by the Galactic Empire in the aftermath of their Jedi purge.

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Marking the only action-adventure Star Wars title on last-gen consoles, this single-player experience wasn’t perfect but still offered a great time for fans. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to play, Fallen Order isn’t a PS Plus Collection game, but it is available via the EA Play subscription service at $4.99 a month, so that’s at least worth a browse.

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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It’s strange to think that for a long time, Batman had quite a poor reputation with video game adaptations. That was until Rocksteady Studios came along. Having won over players with Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, we haven’t seen a new entry for five years now in this Arkham series but Batman: Arkham Knight made for the best one yet.

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Set nine months after Arkham City, Gotham City is under attack from Scarecrow, who forces a citywide evacuation and is aided by the elusive Arkham Knight, all to try and finally defeat Batman. We thought it was one of the best Batman games yet and as a free PS Plus Collection game, there’s absolutely no excuse not to play.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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No one can deny how much Uncharted helped shaped the PS3-era for Sony and when Naughty Dog revealed a fourth game for the PS4, expectations were high. Released in 2016, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes place several years after the third game, seeing us play as a now-retired Nathan Drake, former treasure hunter.

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Quickly finding himself pulled out of retirement, this adventure takes us on a search for Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, taking Nathan all the way to Libertalla. It was yet another strong winner in our books and is another freebie via the PS Plus Collection. If you enjoyed A Thief’s End, you’d do well to also check out its standalone expansion, The Lost Legacy.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

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It's been almost four years since Horizon Zero Dawn first launched and honestly, it still holds up beautifully. Developed by Guerilla Games, it brought us a primal-futuristic adventure, where wild machines now roam a post-apocalyptic world. It follows the story of Aloy, an outcast shunned by her tribe, as she sets out to discover who she is.

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With a group of cultists corrupting these machines, it’s up to Aloy to uncover what's destroying this wonderful world. Of course, she becomes entangled in a wider mystery that unravels the mysteries of this world in the process. It made for a fantastic adventure and with Horizon Forbidden West currently on track for a 2021 release, we’d highly recommend taking a look at the first game in preparation for it.

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God of War

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We’ve seen franchise reinventions before, but God of War gave us something that defied all expectations. Developed by SIE Santa Monica, 2018's pivot takes us away from ancient Greece to a quieter (and colder) Scandinavian setting, utilizing Norse mythology as its inspiration for a more nuanced tale.

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Having destroyed the Greek gods, Kratos is a much older version of himself in God of War; he's started a new life in Midgard, and we find he now has a family. After his wife Faye’s tragic passing, Kratos and his son Atreus head on a journey to spread her ashes, incurring the wrath of Baldur in doing so.

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Narratively rich and featuring some truly fantastic combat, God of War is one of the best games this decade. Since it's a complimentary game in the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5, there's no excuse for not playing it. A sequel is expected next year, so there’s never been a better time to get started.

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The Last of Us 2

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Even now, months after release, The Last of Us 2 keeps making headlines. Recently mopping up at The Game Awards, winning seven of the 10 awards it was nominated for, including Game of the Year, it stands as one of 2020's best, and most divisive, games. 

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Experiencing some major story leaks and anti-progressive backlash, Naughty Dog’s juggernaut held firm back in June. Set four years after the first game, TLoU2 starts by showing fans that Ellie and Joel have built a new life in Jackson, Wyoming, but it's one that's soon turned upside down.

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Without going into any spoilers, The Last of Us 2 features a story we called an “emotional rollercoaster” when we reviewed it earlier this year. While it doesn’t always land, its narrative and mechanics make it a spectacular experience that’s worth playing.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has been an undeniable success for Rockstar Games. Released back in 2018 and selling 34 million copies, this story is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, where we take on the role of Arthur Morgan, member of the infamous Van Der Linde Gang.

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Set in 1899 during the waning years of the Wild West, RDR2 shows the gang at its peak as federal agents track you down, tying into the story of Red Dead Redemption's John Marston. 

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Another open-world title, Red Dead Redemption 2 offers hundreds of hours of content. Whether it's the well-written narrative or one of the game's many free-roam activities, RDR2 is a game that players can come back to over and over again, finding, if not something new, something entertaining each and every time. 

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Like many other PS4 games on this list, we thoroughly enjoyed RDR2 and while it doesn't see a huge performance boost on PS5, players can expect to find improved load times and fewer framerate drops.

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Ghost of Tsushima

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Sucker Punch Productions established themselves with series like Sly Cooper and Infamous, so it was quite surprising when they revealed their next title after those would be an action game set within feudal Japan. Launched earlier this year, Ghost of Tsushima puts us in the role of Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior that seeking to fend off the Mongol Empire’s invasion of Tsushima Island.

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Learning to defeat these tough invaders through both traditional and non-traditional means, stealth and direct conflict, Jin calls into question everything he thinks he knows and must decide between a rigid code of honor and saving his home. 

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Ghost of Tsushima's open world is one of the most beautiful on the PlayStation 4, and it's full of things to do, from liberating villages to writing haiku. Its story and mechanics ultimately make for another winning first-party game that’s well worth looking into. It helps that Ghost of Tsushima gets a performance boost on the PS5, running at 60fps for smoother gameplay, and recently saw the addition of co op multiplayer in Ghost of Tsushima Legends.

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Control

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Remedy Entertainment have gained a dedicated following over the years because of the popularity of games such as Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Max Payne. Now with Control, arguably their best title yet, they've connected them all via an intricate multiverse.

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In Control, we play as Jesse Faden, who has been searching for her missing brother since they were separated as children. Being made the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), Jesse's adventure takes us through the FBC’s headquarters, a.k.a The Oldest House, a building that can morph and change shape, reaching into alternate realities.

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Finding The Oldest House under threat from a mysterious entity called The Hiss, one that’s infected nearly every one in the FBC headquarters, Jesse must fight her way to the truth using both guns and her supernatural powers.

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Control packs a surprising challenge and we strongly recommend trying it out, saying "[it's] undoubtedly Remedy's biggest and weirdest game yet. In many ways, it's also their best, all while it paves the way for a Marvel-like connected universe."

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It’s due to arrive on PS5 next year and comes as a free upgrade if you own the Ultimate Edition. In the meantime, it still plays beautifully via backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 4.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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We’ve all seen the argument over whether games can be considered art, but if there’s any game to make that case persuasively, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is certainly in the conversation. Taking its inspiration from Norse mythology and Celtic culture, this story revolves around Senua, a warrior intent on making her way to Helheim to save a loved one. 

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We strongly rated it at the time as "a unique game that intriguingly captures mental illness and offers a punishing-yet-fluid set of mechanics, all wrapped inside a compelling journey through a vibrant world." Hellblade was further praised by critics for its delicate handling of psychosis, helped by developer Ninja Theory’s work with those suffering from such conditions and mental health experts.

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A sequel was announced last year, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, though due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Ninja Theory in 2018, that one sadly won’t be making its way to PS5.

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Days Gone

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Days Gone arrived at a time when Zombie fatigue had set in for a lot of players, but as another free PS Plus Collection game, it deserves a second look. Developed by SIE Bend Studio, Days Gone takes place in the Pacific Northwest after millions have turned into zombies following a global pandemic that destroyed civilization.

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Traveling across this open world via motorbike, you play as Deacon St. John, who discovers that his wife Sarah could still be alive. Of course, there's plenty of action to be found along the way.

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Quite noticeably, Days Gone on PS5 is improved over its PS4 counterpart, now playable at 60fps with dynamic 4K resolution. So, if you were ever curious to try it out but haven't yet gotten around to it, playing Days Gone on PS5 is undoubtedly your best option yet. 

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Assassin's Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed might be one of Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, but few could argue that when it reached Syndicate, it started getting rather stale. Having previously seen annual releases, Assassin's Creed Origins bucked the trend by skipping 2016 and releasing instead in 2017.

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This time around, fans travel to ancient Egypt, with the narrative focusing on a centuries-old conflict between the forerunners to the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Incorporating an open-world style, it adopts more distinctly RPG-esque gameplay, which Odyssey and Valhalla later expanded upon.

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Though it was criticized for poor pacing, critics considered it a necessary reboot to Ubisoft’s hit series and even now, it remains worth a look.

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We said that, despite some technical issues, "Assassin's Creed: Origins is a fantastic game that takes all the best elements of the action-RPG genre, (such as hunting, crafting, archery, etc.) and gives you total freedom to use it all in the grand and absolutely gorgeous world of Ancient Egypt."

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Shadow of the Colossus

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There’s no denying that Shadow of the Colossus is an absolute classic. Focused on the story of Wander, we find our hero traveling across a strange land to slay Colossi, seeking to bring a girl named Mono back to life. Facing 16 of these giant creatures in total, each with their own specific weaknesses, and Wander has his work cut out for him.

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Initially released on PS2 by Team Ico of (unsurprisingly) Ico and The Last Guardian fame, this remake was instead brought to us by Bluepoint Games, who recently undertook the PS5’s fantastic Demon’s Souls remaster. It’s incredibly faithful to the original, which isn’t always to its advantage, but there’s an unforgettable experience here you won’t want to miss.

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In our review of the game, we said "Shadow of the Colossus is still a great game despite its game design becoming repetitive and the fact that some of its mechanics can be quite irksome. There still isn't a game out there that can match its dreary atmosphere, simple but effective storytelling, and outstanding boss fights. It's a one-of-a-kind game that still holds up and that PS4 owners should check out..."

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We’ve seen quite a fine launch line-up for action-adventure games on PS5. Between Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, too, if you bought the Ultimate Edition), we've had a lot to choose from.

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These games won’t suit everyone’s tastes, but thankfully due to backwards compatibility on the PS5, next-gen owners can also take advantage of Sony’s enormous PS4 catalog. From Red Dead Redemption 2 to The Last of Us Part II, there’s no end of options to choose from.

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Better yet, depending on the title, playing via PS5 can also offer better performance, increased resolution, and shorter loading times. Many titles can now be found on the cheap but some are completely free via the PS Plus Collection, which is exclusively available for PS5 owners, provided you’ve subscribed. As such, here are our top recommendations for the PS4 action-adventure games you should play first on PlayStation 5.

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God of War's New Game Plus Coming in August https://www.gameskinny.com/jbsdk/god-of-wars-new-game-plus-coming-in-august https://www.gameskinny.com/jbsdk/god-of-wars-new-game-plus-coming-in-august Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:21:25 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Announced at E3 2018, God of War's new game plus mode has lingered in limbo for the past two months. However, fans eagerly awaiting the game's  highly-anticipated post-game addition won't have to wait much longer.

God of War's new game plus mode is set to release August 20. 

To access the mode, player's will have to install a patch and beat God of War's story on any difficulty setting. Those who have already beaten the storyline will simply have to install the patch to restart the game with all their gear and abilities. 

On top of letting players experience the game from a new perspective (and new power level), new game plus mode will also introduce harder enemies and new gear. There will also be an option to skip the game's cinematics if you're simply in it for the challenge or glorious loot. 

Seeing that God of War is hands-down one of the best games of 2018 -- and arguably the past decade -- it's no wonder scores of fans yearned for more action after completing the game's main storyline. 

Since the game's release, Sony Santa Monica and Creative Director Cory Barlog have made it a priority to implement fan feedback into the revitalized series, and new game plus mode is one of the many steps taken to do just that. 

Taking to Twitter, Barlog thanked developers for implementing the feature for all the game's fans: 


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on God of War (and Sony Santa Monica's plans for a sequel) as it develops. 

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Corsair HS70 Headset Review https://www.gameskinny.com/paes7/corsair-hs70-headset-review https://www.gameskinny.com/paes7/corsair-hs70-headset-review Thu, 31 May 2018 09:00:01 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

While the Corsair HS70 is similar in many regards to its previous incarnation, the Corsair HS50, the headset has made a few small steps forward that distinguish it from its predecessor.  

It retains its durability and comfort, easily keeping up with headsets that are much more expensive in that arena. But it falls behind in the sound department, making small strides forward with additions that should have been integrated far earlier. 

HS70 Design 

Keeping the simple aesthetics of previous versions, the HS70 refrains from an ostentatious or flashy style. It is available in simple colors, either all black or black with white accents. Really, the only thing to add any kind of flair is the Corsair logo on the earpieces. 

Speaking of the earpieces, they are equipped with a plush memory foam and their height can be adjusted to dial in comfort. In addition, controls for the headset can be found on both earpieces, with the right earpiece hosting the power button, and the left side having volume controls, a mic mute button, and a plugin for the detachable, unidirectional microphone that has pretty great noise canceling capabilities.  

There is also a charge port on the left earpiece to allow you to recharge the battery, which has an impressive, advertised lifespan of 16 hours. I didn't test it for quite that long in a single sitting, but it lasted through all of my longer gaming sessions over the past few weeks. 

Holding the set together is a remarkably sturdy headband that feels as durable as any headset that I've used, even those in the higher price ranges. The inner portion of the headband is covered in the same plush foam that covers the earpieces. 

The headset also comes with a USB plugin for the HS70's wireless capabilities. The wireless functionality is one of the more noticeable additions, and that is what gives the HS70 the biggest distinction from previous headsets in the series. Capable of providing a continuous, high-quality signal for up to 12 meters (40 feet), the HS70 doesn't have the longest range, but it's not that far behind more expensive sets such as Logitech's G533 in that department. 

Comfort 

Overall, the earpieces are roomy and well ventilated, providing a very comfortable fit around the ears. Even with glasses, I was able to wear the headset for roughly 3 to 4 hours before needing a serious break. The headband is equally well padded, providing a snug fit, without putting too much pressure anywhere.  

While the earcups do rotate a small amount to accommodate for varieties in ear shape and size, it isn't much. Unlike some of the more expensive headsets on the market, the earcups do not rotate enough for the HS70 to comfortably sit around the neck. This means that if you're not using the headset, you're better off setting it to the side until you need it again -- unless you're comfortable with a more traditional headset fit around the neck.  

In my time with the headset, I found that I prefer the lightweight design of the HS70 over some of the heftier headsets that I've used in the past. The lighter style allows for longer gaming sessions with fewer breaks, which is great because I never sit down intending to play for just a few minutes. 

 

Performance 

For the most part, the sound quality is great for gaming or voice chat, but if you need access to both at the same, time you might hit some minor speedbumps. It is fairly common in higher-end headsets to have different audio channels for games and chat. Such additions give the player the ability to moderate their sounds and designate whichever they feel is most important.

Unfortunately, the Corsair HS70 lacks this ability and while that is not a deal breaker in most cases, it does require you to adjust your sound settings accordingly. That's especially true if you intend to use this headset for any game that requires teamwork and communication  

The default bass levels seem to have been pulled back a little when compared to the HS50, and while the bass is still powerful, it doesn't feel like it's drowning the rest of the sound during movies and music. This is mitigated even further by the fact that the HS70 utilizes the Corsair Utility Engine for control over equalizer settings.  

As with the previous models, the HS70 is compatible with the PS4 in wireless mode. Naturally, I gave it a shot, testing out God of War and Monster Hunter: World, and while the headset performed well, it didn't exceed any expectations on the sound front.  

Verdict 

Overall, the HS70 is a definite step up from its predecessor, the HS50. Its wireless capabilities and the addition of the equalizer settings take a good headset and give it a boost. Unfortunately, the $89.99 price tag is a pretty big leap up from the previous model, pulling it away from being a budget headset and putting in the low end of the high tier. 

If you're looking for a reliable wireless headset with decent battery life in the $90 price range, this isn't a bad choice. But when compared to other offerings from Hyper X -- and considering the Corsair's own Void Pro is only about $10 more for an arguably better experience -- the decision gets a tad bit murkier. 

[Note: Corsair provided the HS70 Wireless Headset used in this review.]

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Looking Back at Greece: Ranking the Original God of War Games https://www.gameskinny.com/8srl9/looking-back-at-greece-ranking-the-original-god-of-war-games https://www.gameskinny.com/8srl9/looking-back-at-greece-ranking-the-original-god-of-war-games Wed, 09 May 2018 12:54:57 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

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1. God of War III

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The last game in the original series (chronologically speaking), God of War III promised us amazing visuals, improved combat, epic boss fights, and a final confrontation with the remaining gods of Olympus. Luckily, God of War III did all of this and more.

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Additions like grappling enemies were welcomed, the combat was just as great as ever, and the kills you got bordered on realistic. You really did feel like those creatures were real, and the devs spent a lot of time killing them in every way so they could get every finishing move just right.

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Along with all of that were amazing boss fights and excellent pacing, where you never got bored and were basically killing one god after another. Few games can match God of War III's sense of scale and action. This game does all of what God of War games do so well, and that it easily makes it the best game in the series and a must-play action game.

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What did you think of this list? How would you rank the original God of War games? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for all things God of War, including our guides on the latest masterpiece!

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2. God of War II

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With the original becoming a classic, it's obvious Sony wanted to continue on with a sequel, and boy did they deliver with this sequel, which sees Kratos disobeying the gods and abusing his power before he's betrayed by Zeus and off on another quest for revenge.

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God of War II improves upon nearly every aspect of the original, with fewer platforming sequences, improved puzzles, and much more. The combat is the same, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Along with some new additions, like gliding and slowing down time, God of War II also featured great set pieces, tons of boss fights, and outstanding art design, helping to elevate it over the original by a landfall. It made for the perfect game to close out the PS2 era of gaming.

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3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta

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The second and last handheld God of War game proved to be one of the best installments in the series. Ghost of Sparta takes place sometime after the original and has Kratos looking for his brother, Demos.

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It's a surprisingly well-told tale that helps humanize Kratos, showing a bit of his childhood and explaining why he comes to despise his fellow gods. This installment also still keeps the great combat from past games and manages to outshine its predecessor (Chains of Olympus) in every way, with better pacing and some great additions, like adding fire to your blades.

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It may not have as many of the great bosses that we've come to expect from the series, and it was on the short side, but it's one that's still worth playing.

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4. God of War (2005)

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The game that started it all, the original God of War is considered one of the best action games of all time, and a lot of it still holds up. The dark story of Kratos seeking revenge against Ares is just as strong as it was back in the day, the combat is still bloodily satisfying, and the bosses remain amazing.

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So, why is it in the lower half of this list if it's a classic? Well, there are some things about the original that haven't aged well.The second act can feel somewhat padded out, the combat isn't quite as robust and responsive as it was in later games, and a few puzzles can get annoyingly difficult.

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However, those are manageable when compared to the awful platforming, climbing, and balancing sections of the game. Sure, God of War's platforming isn't what people remember, but you know what will stick in people's minds? Sections where you can't judge your jump and you die over and over again.

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Oh, and that section where you climb out of hell before you can take on the last boss can go right up Hades' ass: It's broken beyond belief.

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5. God of War: Ascension

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"Before he was a god, he was a man" was the quote that tried to sell us on God of War: Ascension. In many ways, that stands true, as Ascension was the first game in the series that showed us that even the greatest franchises can let us down.

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To this game's credit, Ascension did try to make some changes to the formula, and it was an extremely polished game. The combat was fun, with some changes made for the better (like how Magic worked), and it still had some great set pieces and boss battles.

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But while the story did do a better job as a prequel than Chains of Olympus, it lacked any sort of tension or surprise; we knew what was going to happen to all of these characters by the game's end. It also didn't help that some changes, like the reworked Rage meter, were made more for the worse.

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It ultimately just didn't really do much to evolve the series, especially after God of War III, making it feel like a game that was made so they could squeeze another title out before the PS4 came out. Ascension is a solid game, but it's one that feels pretty minuscule when compared to the more epic servings we got before.

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Oh, and the multiplayer was dull. Did I forget that? Well, so did the rest of the world.

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6. God of War: Chains of Olympus

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The first prequel to the series, as well as the first handheld installment, God of War: Chains of Olympus took us six months in to Kratos' early days of work for the gods, so he could get his revenge.

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Chains of Olympus was hailed in its day for being one of the best portable games of all time since it managed to put everything you wanted in a God of War game on to a handheld system. That said, Chains of Olympus hasn't aged that well, especially compared to the series' other handheld title.

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Chains of Olympus feels much more simple when compared to other installments. It's mostly just filled with combat, at the cost of variety and the epic boss battles that previous games had.

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The story, despite having a great ending, doesn't really add much to the series lore, and the characters introduced here aren't that memorable. It's still a decent title, with the trademarked combat being up to snuff, but it's just one that feels like a product of its time.

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With the latest God of War released to universal acclaim, I think it's about time to look back at the original series that's entertained fans for the past 12 years.

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God of War holds a special place in my heart. The original was one of the very first M-rated games I ever played (at the tender age of 14), and I was hooked by the game's bloody combat, giant monsters, rage-filled protagonist, and tons of nude women (again, I was 14 years old). Looking back, I see God of War as something akin to the death metal craze that swept the 80s.

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It wasn't until a bit later -- once I started to appreciate the skill-based combat, dramatic storytelling (and not-so-dramatic stories of some installments), and darker take on Greek mythology -- that I got it.

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So I decided to boot up my PS4, subscribe to PlayStation Now, and take a look back at the series that helped define myself as a gamer.

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Top 10 Most Badass Video Game Characters of All time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:40:44 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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Vergil

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Devil May Cry 3 (2005)
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Twin brother of the game's main protagonist and a highly skilled swordsman, Vergil's movement of his katana, Yamato, is so fast in Devil May Cry 3 that he can deflect incoming bullets with it and, just like his brother, he possesses the ability to transform into a demon form, further improving his speed and strength. These qualities make Vergil a formidable foe in the numerous encounters against him.

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This concludes the list. Do you agree with any of the entries? Who would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

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If you can't get enough of badass video game characters, then check out this follow-up list. And for more fun compilations such as this one, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Samus Aran

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Metroid (1986)
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A bounty hunter best known for providing one of the biggest surprises in gaming history, Metroid's Samus traverses a fictional universe, exploring uncharted planets and tracking down space-pirates. She uses a powerful arm-cannon as her primary weapon and can turn herself into a morph-ball to evade incoming attacks or reach otherwise inaccessible locations. Whenever she defeats a particularly powerful foe in combat, she is able to gain its ability or improve an existing one.

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Raziel

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
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Once a vampire and a lieutenant to the most powerful among them -- Kain -- Soul Reaver's Raziel is sent to his death after being considered too threatening to Kain's position in the hierarchy. Stripped of his flesh and aesthetics, Raziel is resurrected by an old god, and now, in a wraith form, his thirst for blood has been replaced by consumption of souls. He's determined to exact revenge on his former comrades and on Kain himself, claiming their powers as his own.

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Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider (1996)
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This young lady needs no introduction; Tomb Raider's Lara is one of the most recognizable characters in gaming. Known for her athleticism, smarts, and signature dual pistols, she has been raiding tombs, uncovering long-lost artifacts, and breaking men's hearts for over two decades. She is skilled at translating ancient scripts and activating complex contraptions, and during combat, she relies on dexterity and stealth rather than brute force.

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Kratos

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God of War (2005)
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While not exactly the most likable character, God of War's Kratos deserves a spot simply by being a Greek-god-killing machine. His biggest asset is his unquenchable anger, and the many weapons he uses act mostly as stress-balls for him -- something to grip tightly. Should he ever find himself disarmed, he will tear the opponent's head off with his bare hands, which he actually did with Helios'. For Kratos, it was just a normal Monday.

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Isaac Clarke

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Dead Space (2008)
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Not your typical superhero, Dead Space's Isaac Clarke is an engineer who, along with a small crew, finds himself stranded on a seemingly abandoned starship after following its distress signal. Initially armed with nothing but a plasma cutter and, quite possibly, the coolest-looking suit ever made, he must battle through hordes of Necromorphs and uncover the source of their origin, acquiring military-grade weaponry as he traverses the dismal halls of the ship.

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Ciri

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, or simply Ciri, is a carrier of powerful elder blood and, much like The Witcher 3's protagonist, Geralt, a trained witcher, which makes her a skilled sword fighter. She commands a unique blink ability, which allows her to teleport quickly around enemies and strike from behind. Due to her supernatural abilities, she is being pursued by The Wild Hunt, a group of elves whose intent is to take possession of her powers. Despite the odds, Ciri is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable adversaries, often all on her own.

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Auron

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Final Fantasy X (2001)
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An experienced warrior and a guardian to summoner Yuna, one of Final Fantasy X's protagonists, and formerly to her father. Auron carries an oversized katana in one hand and only unsheathes his other arm during combat to add more power behind each strike, which makes him command an intimidating presence even against the most formidable foes. The liquid in his flask, which is probably booze (definitely booze), is often used to ignite the katana for certain special attacks.

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Albert Wesker

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Resident Evil (1996)
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Killed by a tyrant whom he himself helped create, Resident Evil's Wesker survives thanks to a prototype virus circulating in his veins. As a result, he becomes the series' super-villain, possessing incredible speed and strength, and an even greater ego, the combination of which, apparently, allows him to catch incoming missiles with his hands. He never misses an opportunity to mock his opponents and is only willing to spend no more than seven minutes of his precious time to deal with them.

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Adam Jensen

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
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After being killed by members of a black ops team during an attack on the company he works for, Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Adam Jensen is brought back to life via advanced body augmentations (even though he didn't ask for it). Armed with resolve and powerful new tools at his disposal -- including various vision enhancements and the ability to turn himself invisible or punch people through walls -- he sets out to uncover the truth behind the attack and take revenge on the group that destroyed his life.

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(This is Part 1 of the compilation; for Part 2 follow this link)

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The world of games is saturated with varied characters. There are brave, cute, intelligent, strong characters, and then there are badasses -- characters who stand out, whether due to their physical or mental attributes, their manner of speech, or their unique appearance. Regardless, they usually don't require the assistance of others to succeed and can conquer hardships all by themselves, should the need arise. This list features 10 of the most suitable characters in the category, and it was assembled based on the following criteria:

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Each entry will contain the name of the character, the game they first appeared in and its release year, as well as a brief description. Click through to view the characters in alphabetical, not necessarily numerical, order.

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Disclaimer: The writer's opinions herein are his own and might not coincide with those of the other 7+ billion people living on Earth.

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7 AAA Games That Would Make Awesome CCGs https://www.gameskinny.com/qeve7/7-aaa-games-that-would-make-awesome-ccgs https://www.gameskinny.com/qeve7/7-aaa-games-that-would-make-awesome-ccgs Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:07:09 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

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Wolfenstein

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Wolfenstein: The highly acclaimed series where Nazis won the war. An interesting concept for a card game, to be sure.

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It would be easy to harmonize the card game with the main series too, where it is rebels versus the Nazi regime and all the technology you get throughout the game is what your power ups are based on. It would certainly make for some interesting story and some interesting cards as well.Making mech and gun power ups could be a fun time for the developers, as well as the players making combos, allowing you to create new power ups and weapons.

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Did you know Zelda had a card game? Though there are many more games  and card games out there, there are several that many don't know of. It just takes some digging and some imagination to come up with the next great thing!  And speaking of the next great thing, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more interesting articles about your favorite games.

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Assassin's Creed

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Assassin's Creed is another series just begging to be a card game. The war between the Templars and Assassins would be yet another interesting and engaging game, allowing for all out card wars between and across the many different time periods that the games take place in.

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The stories that have already come to pass only cover a few parts of history, so the card game could cover everything else that the video games have not touched. In addition to providing an almost limitless amount of  content, it allows for multiple expansions to be released (which is good for the developers), along with an endless possibility of timelines to take advantage of. AC the card game could be just what the franchise needs to be revitalized!

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God of War

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There are multiple possibilities for a God of War card game. It could turn into a simple adventure or several Kratoses battling it out across the earth. It could easily be made into different eras that one or several games take place in, and, of course, you can customize your own deck/character to fit that era.

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The cards that you gain can be power-ups, along with monsters that you fell during your adventures. Along with the many unique stories that are still to open with the Norse God of War, there are many possible storylines they can follow and many cards they could create, as many as there are myths and legends.

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Halo Series

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With Halo being one of the most iconic franchises every created, there are so many stories that 343 Studios can follow now via other channels, now that the Halo games themselves are slowly grinding to a halt.

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With the Halo Wars stories also starting to take over the scene, they can create new content and follow the stories of not just the Spartans, but also the Covenant as well. We can also follow the stories of Master Chief and his comrades in arms! 343 can make a system that is just as simple as any -- two factions, cards on both sides, and brawl it out, straight or mixed.

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For Honor

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For Honor the CCG is the perfect way to bring about engaging combat and story between the the factions that wage war in the game. Between the Vikings, Knights, and Samurai, there can be so many compelling stories and cards to help develop the game.

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They can delve into the stories and origins behind cards that they create, and enhance to a more story based game centered around strategy, instead of just carnage.And the especially interesting part is a pillage mechanic, where you can steal power ups from other factions to use yourself. That alone would help set this game apart from all the others and manage to keep the original's tone and mood.

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Call of Duty: Zombies

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One of the most interesting card games that could be created has to be Call of Duty: Zombies, which could literally be made into the MTG card mode, the Horde. There could be a game made where you are fighting off zombies with your deck.

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It would be an interesting crawl going after better loot, and your rewards would be better power ups, even more in-depth stories, and new content for zombies and the WWII era.What's not to love? Activision can make a cash cow out of this, especially since the Horde is only really played at MTG events and player gatherings anyway.

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Destiny

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With three main classes in Destiny, Bungie could follow a route similar to Hearthstone, having several kinds of decks to fight enemies of the Light. The Bungie team could also explore stories they were never able to cover in the main game, allowing them to finally please fans --which is always nice -- and come full circle with some of those loose ends.

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But that's not all. They could also just make it where you have cards of all the alien lifeforms, allowing you to wage war with any combination of factions you desire.The content and massive amount of customization would bring about a ton of interesting playstyles and complex decks every bit as intense as Magic:The Gathering.

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Hearthstone is breaking the scene for CCGs, but what else is out there exactly? There isn't much to compete with it, other than Magic: The Gathering. Though Hearthstone is just a card game about Warcraft, there are many other games out there that could take the same approach and be just as awesome. The question then becomes: what games out there have what it takes? Imagine a game that takes you on the space odyssey of Halo or the war that Kratos wages against the gods? That's exactly what we did with this list, and here's what we came up with.

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Place Your Bets Now: These Cosplays are Definitely Coming to 2018 Convention Floors https://www.gameskinny.com/ancfy/place-your-bets-now-these-cosplays-are-definitely-coming-to-2018-convention-floors https://www.gameskinny.com/ancfy/place-your-bets-now-these-cosplays-are-definitely-coming-to-2018-convention-floors Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:33 -0500 Stephanie Tang

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Did we miss anyone else you think will really blow up conventions? (And when I ask this, I consider Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Link convention staples at this point!) Who or what is it? And why? 

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And before we peace out for good, Geralt above is my wild card... and I suspect it will largely depend on whether or not the upcoming Netflix TV adaptation looks any good.

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And while you're here, make sure to check some of our other cosplay articles: 

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Mercy -- Overwatch

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While we're on the Blizzard bandwagon, we can't help but include a nod to the crazy construction efforts of every Mercy cosplayer (give or take the Dr. Ziegler casual fan iteration) who has ever stepped on the convention floor. 

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The latest event to hit Overwatch (Lunar Year of the Dog) has dumped a huge amount of new material on us. And while it's perhaps unlikely we'll see many of the Zhuque versions of Mercy at conventions (although, if you're considering it... oh, hell yes, please!) there are sure to be a ton of other iterations. 

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Case in point, Valkyrie (and alternatively, the recolored Sigrun skin), made especially poignant thanks to the recent re-balances (see: nerf) to the character's ultimate/resurrection ability. 

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Mercy mains will mourn overpowered Valkyrie 1.0 for months to come, and what better way to do it than to do it while wearing the namesake skin?

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(Hero image source: collider)
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Nova -- StarCraft II

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All right, so StarCraft II isn't exactly "upcoming" in any sense of the word (it only recently went free-to-play last year), but Nova's constant reappearance in other areas of the Blizzard world means something. It also helps that she sports a fairly consistent character design across all of her appearances, making her a pretty easy character to cosplay. 

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She's a prime character in Heroes of the Storm, and her character design recently made the jump to Blizzard's big-name shooter Overwatch, as well as a skin for French sniper Widowmaker that should do wonders bringing back this blond bombshell. 

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For any cosplayer with a love of LEDs, Nova is a great choice for a simple, streamlined design... and yet she'll always manage to catch your eye on the con floor. And if you don't have Widowmaker-level booty, Heroes of the Storm has a ton of new source material for alternate Nova skins that should keep the inspiration machine churning for months.

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(Hero image source: youtube)
(Secondary image source: DeviantArt)

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Kratos -- God of War

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If you're starting to feel like most of the characters on here are from a Video Gaming's Greatest Hits disc, you're not the only one. It's an interesting year where the biggest upcoming games are either ones that don't exactly lend themselves to interesting costume design (Last of Us 2Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodos, A Way Out) or just don't have any real standout cosplayable characters (Monster Hunter World, Anthem). 

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However, God of War 4 brings Kratos back to the world of the living -- and gives him a son. It also flings him head-first into the world of Norse mythology, which is an interesting twist in a seven-game legacy based off of Greek mythology. 

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It helps that while Kratos' base design hasn't changed much, his outfit has been given a little more of an update to correspond with his new surroundings. And what's more, while the original unstoppable rage machine of the original games was what gave Kratos his initial appeal, this unchanging, static ball of hatred was beginning to wear. 

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A little redemption and a new kind of appeal (what's this, real humanity?) in Kratos sounds like it's in the cards for the God of War franchise, which is why you're much more likely to see a return to cons this year. 

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(Hero image source: wccftech)
(Secondary image source: locsalike @ deviantart)

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Sophitia -- Soulcalibur VI

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A sword-wielding staple of the bounce, bounce jiggle, jiggle fest that is the Soulcalibur series, seraphic Sophitia has always more or less managed to walk a fine line between gracefulness and gratuitous boobage -- at least in comparison to, say, Ivy.

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Gravity works in every lady's favor in this fighting game franchise, and Soul Calibur 6 aims to bring more story to the franchise, as well as additional mechanics that will help players through its more-than-button-mash learning curve, which should help bring it back to the forefront of the cosplaying community. 

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Although this iteration has her shirt slit down almost to her naval (no one is fooled by those laces), Sophitia still remains one of the easiest of the reoccurring SC characters to cosplay -- one that keeps all the goods in place, while still allowing for a little leeway when it comes to having the perfect body. 

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She's also cooler than Cassandra, but that might just be my bias showing.

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(Hero image source: polygon)
(Secondary image source: DeviantArt)

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Fury -- Darksiders III

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Aside from my sheer -- and unashamed -- attraction to any pretty face with bright red hair, Fury, from the upcoming hack and slash Darksiders 3easily makes an appearance on this list. Packing a serious punch in both character design and updated apocalyptic lore, there's little doubt other cosplayers will feel the same about D3's heroine.  

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Originally introduced in Darksiders as one of the Four Horsemen, Darksiders 3 will place the blade-mage center stage as a graceful, cartwheeling, blade whipping protagonist.

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Fury Cosplay Germia

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The main thing holding keeping early cosplayers from cosplaying as Fury is that her costume isn't an overly simple one craft -- and there just aren't enough resources yet to make it a late-stage endeavor for most cosplayers of any craftsmanship level. 

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However, this isn't to say that some haven't already gotten a head start: popular Euro cosplayer Germia, for example, has already taken steps to building up several parts of it already! (See above image) 

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Sora -- Kingdom Hearts III

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While a release date is still pending (they swear it's coming out sometime this year!), the hype for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been holding fairly steady over the years. Following a number of teasers, trailers, gameplay videos, and just the natural progression that comes from too many HD remakes, there's no stopping the KH3 hype train.

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And one of the most endearing characters from the franchise is Sora -- meaning he's definitely going to be appearing at a con near you this year.  

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He may have gained a few inches, but our spunky, spiky-haired hero in the over-sized shoes hasn't changed much in terms of character design -- even if his color palette has certainly gotten a shakeup. 

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With what looks like more than half a dozen costume changes in the upcoming game, Sora's baby face is sure to be a staple in any group cosplay, particularly since silver-haired pretty boy Riku is guaranteed a larger role in KH3 than he's had in previous iterations -- and is just as likely to make it to con floors.  

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(Hero image source: el mundo tech)
(Secondary image source: Pinterest)

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Con season is only just starting to heat up and a whole slew of games are set to release in the coming months that will fuel the cosplay fire. 

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You're certainly going to see a ton of costumes inspired by new releases, but you're also going to see cosplay inspired by the events and characters of yesteryear -- particularly during the lull where new trends just haven't had time to pop up. See above, for example: never mind her superstar appearance in 2017's Injustice 2, the meteoric hit that was Wonder Woman's origin movie has guaranteed her a girl-power slot on cosplay planning Pinterest boards for years to come.

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So in light of that, let's take a look at some of the costumes we think are going to dominate cosplay this con season. From Fury and Mercy to Sora and Kratos, here's what you can expect. 

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2 HD Collections that Need to Be on PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4049o/2-hd-collections-that-need-to-be-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4049o/2-hd-collections-that-need-to-be-on-ps4 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:40:36 -0500 Joe Garcia

While there have been many games that have gotten their own HD collections on PS3 and PS4, there are also many that haven't reached the newest generation of consoles. Here's a look at two of those series, God of War and Dead Space, and why they're prime candidates for HD collections on PS4.

God of War Saga

So everyone has heard of God of War and has loved every violent and bloody second of it. During the PS3 era, the world was handed the God of War Saga, which had every main title and spin-off title of Kratos' epic adventure in one neat bundle. The collection included five games for the price of one, and it was as epic as the Ghost of Sparta himself. 

With the power of the PS4 Pro, bringing all of Kratos' rage into glorious 4K would be just what he needs. We already have God of War 3 on PS4, but it's not enough to quench our thirst for vengeance on the gods of Olympus. Sony needs to get their butts in gear and bring us this collection -- not only for the veteran players but also for newcomers to the series.

This would be an amazing way to lead into the new God of War that was announced at E3. This collection should run for $40, just to make it easier to replay the entire series to get ready for the new game. Plus, it'll be a great way to save money while making a great gift for someone.

The next series that needs an HD collection is . . .

Dead Space: Deep Space Collection (PS4)

Yeah, the name for the collection is made up, but it sounds like a badass name for a collection for this epic sci-fi survival-horror series. Dead Space is a series that was as fun as it was scary. The lore was deep and interesting, the enemies were horrifying and deadly, and the main character, Issac Clarke, was just a normal guy that got caught up in some screwed up ish.

The first three games were released for PS3, so the graphics were on point for their time. Having all three games in one bundle (like Bioshock: The Collection) would be a no-brainer. If Bioshock was able to make it work, Dead Space can knock it out of the park with ease. I believe the series will be rejuvenated and bring fans old and new back to the twisted war against the Marker and the Necromorphs. 

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With HD collections being pushed out more and more with great success (e.g. Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy, Bioshock: The Collection), these two games can easily come to the PS4 family and rock the lives of gamers. If they ever release these collections, best believe I'll buy the hell out of them.

Hope you've enjoyed reading. For more gaming news and information, stay tuned to GameSkinny! 

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Sony at E3 2017: It's All About the Games https://www.gameskinny.com/i22ws/sony-at-e3-2017-its-all-about-the-games https://www.gameskinny.com/i22ws/sony-at-e3-2017-its-all-about-the-games Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:36:41 -0400 LuckyJorael

As with years past, Sony's E3 focus for 2017 highlighted upcoming games for the PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. After showing off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn's DLC "The Frozen Wilds", and Days Gone, Shawn Layden took the stage and said simply, "We love games, and we want to see more of them tonight. It's all about the games."

And Sony delivered the games. Trailer after trailer came on the screen at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Sony showed off a whopping 17 games during their hour on stage, while Shawn Layden had a bare few minutes of time on the stage, comparatively.

Like Layden said: "It's all about the games."  So here's what Sony showed off.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The focus of Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4 spinoff, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, seems to be the tenuous relationship between its two protagonists, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, as they scour India in search of the Tusk of Ganesha. Fans of the series should expect the puzzles, combat, and harrowing climbing sequences Uncharted has come to be known for. The stand-alone game comes out August 22, for $39.99. 

Horizon: Zero Dawn - "The Frozen Wilds"

Set in a frigid landscape, "The Frozen Wilds" introduces players to a new tribe surviving in the robo-dinosaur strewn landscape of Horizon: Zero Dawn, as well as a mysterious mountain with a roiling, lightning-filled storm clouding its peak. The Frozen Wilds is expected to release later this year.

Days Gone

Bend Studio's zombie adventure game Days Gone got a new trailer at Sony's E3 Showcase, showing off some great-looking character animations, hand-to-hand combat, driving, and zombie hordes. We also got to see what happens to animals when they eat zombie meat: zombie animals (specifically zombie bears!). Days Gone will release on December 29, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Monster Hunter: World

The latest title in the Monster Hunter series strays only slightly from the previous titles in the series in that it is an open-world game, as opposed to having sectioned-off portions of the map from previous games. Aside from that, expect the same gathering, crafting, trapping, and giant weapons fans of the games have come to expect. Oh, and turning meat over an open fire.

Monster Hunter: World releases in early 2018 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Shadow of the Colossus

The beloved PlayStation 2 title Shadow of the Colossus is getting an HD remake, scheduled for a 2018 release exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Check out the trailer below:

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Sony debuted a new story trailer for the fighting game, highlighting the undoubtedly convoluted plot and the interactions between Marvel favorites and Capcom's characters. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite releases September 19, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but Capcom has released a story demo alongside the newest trailer, which you can grab now on PS4 and Xbox One. No gameplay footage was shown during the showcase. 

Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty: WWII goes back to the series roots by once again exploring the European theater of war during World War II. The Showcase trailer showed off some of the game's multiplayer elements but in a more cinematic environment.

PlayStation owners will get access to a CoD: WWII private beta starting August 25, with Xbox One and PC betas to follow sometime after. The full game releases on November 3, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Skyrim VR

Bethesda's biggest RPG gets not only a Nintendo Switch conversion but a PlayStation VR version, as well. From the trailer shown at the showcase (seen below), there doesn't appear to be many improvements to the game outside of a virtual reality experience. Skyrim VR will be released in November 2017 exclusively on PlayStation VR.

Star Child

News on Star Child, from developers Playful and Gametrust, has so far been fairly cryptic, leaving much to the imagination. The trailer shows a sidescrolling-style game with a menacing alien threatening the human character -- until a giant robot intervenes. Star Child has no confirmed release date as of this writing, but it will be released as a PlayStation VR game.  

The Inpatient

Supermassive Games is developing a new VR horror game, The inpatient, which is set in Blackwood Sanitorium 60 years before the developer's horror game Until Dawn. The trailer is light on details but heavy on tension and ambiance. The Inpatient does not yet have a release date as of this writing.

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV

What goes together well? VR, fishing games, and Final Fantasy! Rejoin familiar faces from Final Fantasy XV and explore the rivers, lakes, and oceans in Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV. Monster of the Deep is scheduled to release in September of this year, although a specific date has yet to be revealed.

Bravo Team

Supermassive Games also unveiled a co-op cover-based military shooter the uses the PlayStation VR, Bravo Team. The gunplay looks fairly realistic, with the recoil from automatic fire making the rifle jump around. Bravo Team's release date is unconfirmed as of this writing.

Moss

Developer Polyarc showed off the VR game Moss at the Sony E3 Showcase. It sets the player character to helping an adventurous mouse with a green gauntlet, sword, and dashing red scarf. Players allegedly help the mouse solve puzzles and combat huge bugs, as well as a very large snake. Moss is expected to release in winter 2017.

God of War

Kratos returns in a new trailer, unveiling more details about the plot and gameplay of the newest game, simply titled God of War. Gamers were treated to new weapons, enemies, and a voiceover from a green-eyed wolf -- likely the trickster Loki -- as well as confirmation that Kratos' son is along for the bloody, gory ride. God of War releases in early 2018.

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human also got another trailer at the E3 Showcase, again highlighting the choices the player has in different situations during the game. The focus of the game appears to be the building android revolution in Detroit, and players will likely play Marcus, a free android with the ability to disrupt the control humans have over other androids. Detroit: Become Human does not yet have a release date.

Destiny 2

Developer Bungie revealed another cinematic trailer for their first-person shooter RPG, Destiny 2. And this time, the villain, Ghaul, gets plenty of screen time. The trailer also highlighted the PlayStation exclusive portions of the game: the Lake of Shadows strike, armor for each class, the City Apex ship, an exotic weapon named Borealis, and a PvP map named Retribution.  Destiny 2 releases on September 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for the PC.

Spider-Man

Sony wrapped up the Showcase with an extended look at Spider-Man, a third-person action game starring the titular webslinger. The trailer showed off Spidey's movement skills, combat prowess, and spider-senses, among other things. Spider-Man is expected to release in 2018.

That wraps up everything Sony showed off at their E3 Showcase.  What was your favorite trailer, and what are you most excited to play? Tell is in the comments below!

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E3 2017: Sony Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/kiwd8/e3-2017-sony-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/kiwd8/e3-2017-sony-predictions Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:22:58 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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That's it for our Sony E3 2017 predictions, as well as all of the E3 predictions for this year!

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It's going to be an amazing show this year for Sony, and that would be the case even if no new games were revealed. With Spider-Man, God of War, Days Gone, Ni no Kuni, and Uncharted, Sony could easily walk away on Monday, once again the winners of E3!

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What do you want to see Sony reveal at E3? Do you agree or disagree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments and, as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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God of War

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Last year at E3, Sony opened the show with the reboot of God of War. The new, story-driven, character-focused, beautiful God of War stole the show and completely reinvented the series.

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The game looked phenomenal and we haven't seen a single glimpse of it since. Throw in the massive wall mural Sony had painted for E3, and it seems God of War will be the focal point of Sony's conference. I expect another lengthy gameplay section, followed by a release date to close out E3 2017 for Sony.

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The return of Kratos is going to be a very big deal and what better way to end proceedings than by telling us when we'll get to play it.

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Star Wars Battlefront II/Destiny 2/Call of Duty WII

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Sony has done a fantastic job this generation in partnering with third-party developers, particularly Activision and EA. Every year Call of Duty and Destiny make an appearance on Sony's E3 stage, and this year will be no different.

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As well as the Activision titles, Star Wars Battlefront II is sure to make an appearance on Sony's stage, with a likely announcement for exclusive and timed DLC.

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The outlier here is Red Dead Redemption II. Sony also has a marketing partnership with Rockstar when it comes to the western sequel, so there is a possibility that we see a new trailer at E3. Rockstar generally don't appear at E3 but GTA V remastered was announced on Sony's stage at E3 2014, so an appearance isn't out of the question. Also, when the game was delayed Rockstar said we would see more soon, and E3 seems perfect.

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A trailer for Red Dead Redemption II could win E3 for Sony by itself!

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Sucker Punch

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Sucker Punch is one of Sony's very best studios, responsible for both the Sly Cooper franchise, and the inFamous franchise.

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inFamous: Second Son launched in 2014 for PS4 and was a great game, quite underrated actually. That was three years ago and it's quite likely we'll see what the studio has been hard at work on. At E3 2015, Shuhei Yoshida said he had played a working build of Sucker Punch's next game and the team was rumoured to be working on Spider-Man last year, although that turned out to be untrue.

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The team are almost certainly working on a new game though, nothing related to inFamous, but we know absolutely nothing more right now. I think there is a strong chance we see what the new game is and it could very well steal the show!

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PlayStation VR

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This here will be a very unpredictable section of Sony's conference. It's absolutely certain that PS VR will be shown in some capacity, but it's unclear how much time is spent on it.

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PS VR has sold over a million units, which puts it vastly ahead of all other VR competition. Sony may want to give the system a new push, especially since Farpoint just released, or the company may let the hardware continue to sell without a ton of marketing.

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Regardless, we're liable to see a handful of new VR games revealed at E3. I expect two or three to get full trailers, and then a quick sizzle reel for 10 or so upcoming titles. We may also hear about a bundle for the hardware, so if you've been waiting to purchase, wait just a little longer!

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone expansion for Uncharted IV: A Thief's End, and it releases this August.

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The expansion is said to be between 4 and 12 hours long, which makes it the longest DLC Naughty Dog has ever made, and, for all intents and purposes, a new Uncharted game!

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There's not much to say here, but the game launches in two months so it's fairly obvious we will get a new trailer or gameplay clip to wet our appetites and remind us the game is coming soon!

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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One of Sony's most under-the-radar games is Ni no Kuni II, a sequel to the incredible JRPG from 2011. There has been multiple games in the series but it was 2011's Wrath of the White Witch that really turned heads.

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For years, I along with countless others, cried out for a big open-world Pokemon game. Well, Ni no Kuni gave me everything I ever wanted from that; a stunning world filled with unique creatures to battle and capture, and a heart-breaking story. It's a game that slowly but surely gathered a big following through word of mouth and became a real cult hit.

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The sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was announced for PS4 back in 2015. Last year at E3 we got a nice long look at the game and it looks really far along into development, which means I wouldn't be at all surprised to get another trailer, accompanied by a release date for either this year or early next.

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Days Gone

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After many years of curiosity regarding what Sony Bend were up to over there in Oregon, the company finally revealed its baby to the public last E3, and that was Days Gone.

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Now, a lot of people walked away from last year's E3 thinking Days Gone didn't look special. They said it was "just another zombie game", or a "crappy The Last of Us", but that couldn't be further from the truth. It seems everyone forgot about the fantastic story trailer that played for Days Gone in the middle of Sony's conference - which depicted a biker gang following the outbreak of a virus. The main character wasn't a by-the-numbers gruff hero, he was an emotional, broken man who longed for the days when he used to be with his lover.

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Days Gone isn't just another zombie game, it's a really nuanced, fun zombie game with a huge, beautiful open world, deep characters, and a fascinating story. It's the zombie game people have wanted and waited for for years and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people both at this year's E3 and when it releases, which should be fairly soon.

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Bloodborne II

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It's no secret that Sony really regretted letting Demon Souls go as an exclusive game. The company simply didn't see the potential in what would become Dark Souls. This was rectified when the company announced Bloodborne at E3 in 2014, a game that went on to sell millions of copies.

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The game was a critical and commercial darling and a sequel is inevitable. Now, given that it was only released in 2015, it may be too soon for a sequel but From Software are really good at quick turnarounds and I wouldn't be surprised to see a trailer for a sequel with no release date.  As they say in the sister series, "Prepare to Die".

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ThatGameCompany

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It's been five long years since ThatGameCompany released the seminal Journey. Expectations for the company's next game have been astronomical and the guys and gals have definitely taken their time in crafting an experience.

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The studio has started teasing the game since last year and have said it will be a story about "giving", as well as showing children and candles. That's about all we know but the game is scheduled for release this year, so the time to show it is nigh.

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Spider-Man

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One of Sony's biggest announcements last year was an exclusive Spider-Man game being made by Insomniac Games. That's a massive deal but it might not seem like that just yet. For so many years we got mediocre Spider-Man games from Activision, games that were rushed out to fit a specific release date. Now though, we're getting a Spider-Man game from one of the best developers in the industry, a team who is getting as much time as they need to make it, and it's exclusive to the PS4.

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Marvel has hit the reset button on the video games department and Spider-Man is the first real showing of that. So this could easily be the start of something special, akin to Arkham Asylum, that spawns an entire universe of amazing superhero games. There's a lot riding on this Spider-Man game but I expect a gameplay demo at E3 to seriously blow some minds!

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Well, we've reached the end of our 2017 E3 Predictions but we've saved the biggest for last. All bias and fanboyism aside, Sony has owned E3 every single year since the PS4 emerged in 2013. The company has been on a hot streak like nothing ever seen in the industry before.

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This year Sony has a lot more of their cards already on the deck, so it might not be a hugely surprising show like the past two years. That's not to say it won't be an exciting show, on the contrary it will be a fascinating one! Last year Sony revealed Resident Evil 7, Days Gone, Spider-Man, God of War, and lots more. And this year, we're set to see a lot more of these titles and possibly get some release dates.

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Of course, there will definitely be a couple of surprises as well. So, for the last time this year, get hyped!! 

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Top 10 Genderbent Cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/vjd9p/top-10-genderbent-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/vjd9p/top-10-genderbent-cosplays Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:22:00 -0400 Angelica Dimson

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Now you've seen some amazing Rule 63 cosplay! If you want to see more, I recommend looking at this Tumblr group, Rule 63 Costuming

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Hopefully, you enjoyed some of these entries. Do you have any favorite genderbent cosplays of your own? Leave a comment below on which one is your favorite!

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(Source -- Genderbent Mario Characters Cosplay: bluupanda)

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1.) Morrigan (Darkstalkers Series)

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Known to be a very sexy succubus, Morrigan from Darkstalkers is a very vain character who cares little for her royal duties as a princess of the demon realm, Makai.

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Capcom's Morrigan receives an amazing genderbending take from cosplayer Kiefer Garcia. On his Deviantart page, he has even more genderbending cosplay -- including different costumes of male Morrigan.

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2.) Scarecrow (Batman: Arkham series)

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Within the Arkham series, Scarecrow plays a creepy, fourth-wall-breaking role, making gamers think their game has crashed, but in reality, it turns out to be mind tricks to get their hearts pumping.

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Flor B's female Scarecrow is no exception in scaring me. Just look at all those needles on her fingers! I don't want any shots.

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3.) Vi (League of Legends)

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Vi from LoL likes to think of every problem as a brick wall waiting to be smashed by her hex gauntlets.

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Ryan Brandt, aka Fake Nerd Boy, cosplays a menacing male Vi that looks like he is about to bust one of those walls.

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4.) Psycho and Mad Moxxi (Borderlands Series)

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I know this technically counts as two costumes, but "The couple that cosplays together stays together." That's Ethan and Lauren's mantra on their Facebook page, Thousand Faces Cosplay, so we'll stick with this as 'one' amazing entry. 

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According to the Fashionably Geek article where this picture was featured, this shoot was done at an abandoned meat packing plant in St. Louis. I hope Lauren screamed out in Psycho fashion, "You're gonna be my new meat bicycle!"

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 5.) Zarya (Overwatch)

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Zarya, a classic tanking character in Overwatch, loves to play or fight with her particles -- particularly her particle cannon (no pun intended). 

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Jecht's Zarya stands, looking impressive and intimidating. He's ready to stand strong alongside other heroes, and he'll need those muscles to carry his weapon around.

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 6.) Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

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The main antogonist, Sephiroth, is a well known villain throughout the Final Fantasy franchise.

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Here, a fem Sephiroth, cosplayed by Crystal Graziano, glares icily. With her longsword and cutting gaze, she's ready to strike down Cloud and his team, especially Aerith (Too soon? Probably not).

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7.) Kratos (God of War Series)

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Ashlee King nails a female Kratos, still looking as stern as ever. Just don't get on her bad side, unless you want to end up on the wrong side of her swords.

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Ashlee's cosplay gives a cool twist to a female Kratos with her bright red hair, unlike the usually bald male Kratos.

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 8.) Princess Peach (Super Mario Series)

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Another Nintendo princess becomes a prince. Spensaur Cosplay creates a very regal male version of Princess Peach, that seems to be in another castle.

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Similar to the genderbent Princess Zelda cosplay, Spensaur stays true to Princess Peach's usual colors, but still retains a very delicate look.

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9.) Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda Series)

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Jeff Pelletier Tremblay cosplays a male Princess Zelda, or should I say, Prince Zelda. What's even more amazing is that he stays true to Princess Zelda's color scheme, and the costume still looks masculine. 

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The costume is also reminiscent of Zelda's costume from Twilight Princess, noted by the amount of detail in Jeff's shoulder pauldrons.

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10.) Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)

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A female Nathan Drake, cosplayed by Courtney Coulson, reads over her notes while in search of lost treasure. She looks like she is traversing the desert of Uncharted 3, with that signature scarf from the game's box art. 

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Hopefully, she finds what she's looking for soon before the desert sun gets to her.

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So it's summertime, which means there's going to be a lot of fun conventions coming up: San Diego Comic Con and Anime Expo to name a few.

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That also means we'll get to see some amazing cosplays in the coming months. And if anyone knows cosplay Rule 63, that means there'll be a lot of genderbent cosplays, too.

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So to highlight some of the best genderbent cosplays from years past, here's a list of my Top 10 Favorite Genderbent Cosplays!

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(Source -- Female Link Cosplay: Ryuu Lavitz, Male Link Cosplay: Laovann)

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Game Festival Features God of War Composer "Gerard Marino" and Others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others Sat, 03 Jun 2017 20:41:45 -0400 heatherew24

Well known and critically acclaimed music composer Gerard Marino has been confirmed to be attending the panel discussion at the Brazilian Independent Games Festival (BIG) 2017. 

On June 28 in São Paulo, Brazil, there will be a special talk during the BIG business Forum appropriately titled, “From DJ to God of War Music Composer: A talk with Gerard Marino”. It will be hosted by the Marino and Brazilian game composer Antonio Teoli. The discussion will be centered around Marino's work and musical career. He is most known for his soundtrack work in the

Marino is most known for his work on the God of War series, one of which lead him to be nominated for the BAFTA Award, the highest honor given from the British film academy. The host, Teoli, is an award-winning Brazilian composer and sound designer and is most known for his work in Finding Monsters Adventures, Jelly Splash, and many more. He is also teaching a separate workshop on June 30, that will be focusing on aspiring musicians wanting to become a part of the gaming industry. Registration for this event is already closed. 

The 5th edition of the BIG festival takes place from June 24 to July 2.

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5 Video Game Characters and Their Sucky Lives https://www.gameskinny.com/lajev/5-video-game-characters-and-their-sucky-lives https://www.gameskinny.com/lajev/5-video-game-characters-and-their-sucky-lives Sun, 09 Apr 2017 15:00:01 -0400 ReverendShmitty

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Next time you start to complain about work or traffic or only getting one packet of hot sauce with your tacos, just remember you haven’t been nearly disemboweled by your dead girlfriend aboard a deserted freighter crawling with undead monsters in space, chased by endless hordes of zombies, or covered in the ashes of your dead family -- who you killed.

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Your life could be worse. A lot, lot worse. 

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Kratos

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God of War
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Sure, sure, he’s ridiculously powerful, gets lots of ladies, and is so ripped he could make Hercules blush. But let’s look at the basic facts here:

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  1. His family is dead.
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  3. He killed them.
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  5. He is permanently covered in their ashes.
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  7. Everyone else wants him to eat it and die.
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Basically, every single morning Kratos has to wake up, see the remains of his family staining his flesh, and right off the bat, begin his day thinking about the Godawful atrocities he committed. Then there’s the fact that those days seem to culminate in him fighting for survival against gods, demons, human armies, monsters, and Hell itself.

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I mean, he has died twice already.

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The guy has it pretty rough.

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Isaac Clarke

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Dead Space
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Anyone who has ever played, watched, heard of, listened to, or even smelled a Dead Space game, just leave. You’re already done with this article. You know how horrible such an existence would be. I mean, seriously, either God has the most macabre sense of humor since the clown from the original Dead Rising, or Isaac was just dealt the worst possible hand in existence.

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What was supposed to be a simple repair job becomes a horrifying mission to escape from the Ishimura with his life. His entire grasp on reality itself becomes shattered. He loses his girlfriend, his mind is infected by the Marker, and dementia loosens his grasp on reality. And that's not to mention the seemingly endless hordes of Necromorphs jumping out of every corner.

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His run in with the undead didn’t end after one hellish adventure either. Oh no, that would be far too forgiving. He's done it three times. Just him against waves and waves of these terrifying creatures hell-bent on murdering him aboard frozen wasteland planets and abandoned ships.

He’s not even a soldier mind you, just an engineer who was supposed to fix some machines or whatever it is educated people do.

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You know this game is rough. It has the jump scares that will make you scream and throw your controller, plus the eerie atmosphere to make you cringe, cry, and look over your shoulder. If it’s that scary playing with headphones in the dark, just try to imagine living it. Though I doubt any mere mortal could truly fathom such treacherous depths...

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The Hero’s Shade

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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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At first glance, he looks like any average dead guy in armor. You know, normal stuff. But, it is widely speculated that he is the remnants of Link from Ocarina of Time or a manifestation of Link's regrets.

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Hear me out.

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First, there’s the fact that he appears as a wolf when in the physical world -- the same form Link takes when in the Twilight. Second, there’s also the fact that he knows all the skills you need to know become more powerful throughout your journey -- and he says the previous heroes had them.

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Third, Navi (Link’s little blue fairy) leaves at the end of Ocarina of Time, and Link is searching for her in the beginning of Majora’s Mask, when he gets pulled into all that craziness. Combine that with the fact that no one knows Link was a hero and it becomes that much easier to believe he would live a life of regrets, unable to pass on the “lessons of his life to those who came after him”.

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In Twilight Princess, you even play the Song of Healing to ease his troubles and cause him to pass on; similar to how the previous Link used it in Majora’s Mask

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Villager

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Animal Crossing
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An unusual choice? Yes. Fitting? Most certainly.

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Let’s break it down.

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In Animal Crossing, you play as a human child who awakes in the back of a car driven by a weird duck/turtle-thing named Kapp’n. This creature is based off the Kappa, a Japanese mythical creature that kidnaps naughty children as punishment. Off to a pretty shaky start, right?

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Then he? It? It (let's go with that) takes you to this town run by animals. Immediately, they put you to work to pay off the mountain of debt you now owe them due to the house they made you move into, which totally sucks by the way (just look it up, you'll see). And if you try to leave, the animals will stop you and explain how the other villagers expect things of you. Like it’s the common thing to do.

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Forcing children to work for a group of animals within their secluded little town is the norm apparently. Eesh.

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So just pay off the debt right?

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Wrong. Every time you work your ass off long enough to do so, the animals go and upgrade that bad boy. Even if you tell them no. This way, you’re trapped under an ever-increasing pile of debt for something you didn’t want in the first place. You’re even forced to repeat the same menial tasks and minigames over and over once you’ve tried them all in order to progress through the different houses, which is about all the story you get.

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Sounds like some freaky Twilight Zone junk ,am I right? Just hope they don’t start wishing people away to the cornfield.

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Lee Everett

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The Walking Dead Telltale Series
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So imagine this: you’re on your way to prison for killing the man who your wife was sleeping around with. Pretty rough, huh? Now pretend the cop driving flips the car, breaks your leg, and throws you headfirst into a world overrun by flesh eating zombies.

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You with me so far? Okay, here we go.

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So, that happens. Then you meet this little girl named Clementine and suddenly, you know you must protect her. So you meet other survivors and form a group, which then meets other groups. It grows then shrinks because a lot of people die. And nearly all of those death are because on your actions.

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Save this guy or save the girl? Have a key comrade stand watch or come with you? Chop off this guy's leg, which stuck in a bear trap, or just leave him to be devoured? It’s your call -- and lives will depend on it.

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This is the life of Lee Everett. Throw in getting bitten by a walker then losing his hand to it, and you’ve got a meager existence full of pain, suffering, and no video games. I shudder to even think about it.

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So as the days go by and I lament living such a boring, normal life, I think of what it would be like to live in a video game world. To adventure every day through forests and mountains, to traverse the unknown, and see the entire world. I dream of saving a beautiful princess, a nation, or even the entire planet. I imagine being a hero and having thousands of fans adore me and tell me how important I am.

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Then I think of characters who get none of that and how much that would blow. I think of all the video game characters whose lives are utter rubbish -- whose lives have sucked. And I think, "What if that'd be me?" 

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So to make us all feel better about our mundane existences, let's take a look at a few characters whose lives just aren't all that good. 

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Note: There will probably be spoilers ... 

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5 PlayStation Collections the Vita Needs and You Want https://www.gameskinny.com/er2mz/5-playstation-collections-the-vita-needs-and-you-want https://www.gameskinny.com/er2mz/5-playstation-collections-the-vita-needs-and-you-want Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

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The odds of a major title landing on the little handheld in 2017 is slim, but that doesn’t mean that the Vita should be ignored.

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There are so many games with collections, like God of War, and Ratchet and Clank that can have plenty of games to arrange into a budget-minded package made to rekindle the same magic that they did when they first came out. The Vita can do so much more, but for now, I’d be happy with the idea of taking some of these potential collections with me on my next flight or road trip on a portable system that doesn’t get enough credit for how awesome it is.

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The Yū-Nama collection

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I find it strange that Nintendo is the first brand that people think of whenever the topic of weird games come up, especially when Sony has been open to the idea of a game about surviving in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo as a Pomeranian.

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The What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? series (part of the The Yū-Nama series) is a prime example, as they focused on the premise role-reversing the traditional fantasy setup where players take the action of a villain who is trying to defend the safety of his lair from the onslaught of adventure heroes who line up in droves to challenge your domain. The strategical nuance is reminiscent of a tower-defense style of game, only you’re given way more liberty in you arsenal to defend the Demon Lord from the defeat of a noble champion with charming tools and traps made to specifically counter distinctive hero-types and powers.

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The games never really got a fair break, as they were release late in the PSP’s life cycle with some potential legal conflicts over their original names that they projected to release with, and a rushed port of the third entry hastily dropped on the PlayStation Network with little to no fanfare. Hell, don’t even get me started on the silent treatment the upcoming VR spinoff of the series is getting.

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The initial two "Badman" games and No Heroes Allowed, with some of the Yu-Nama puzzle mobile games sprinkled in what could be the niche RPG equivalent of Super Mario All Stars that we never knew that we wanted, yet still deserve to have, and there’s no better system to accommodate the wacky collection that the PlayStation Vita.

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The Parasite Eve Collection

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It’s strange that the world we live is one where we’re being treated to RPGs that are starting to get a sequel count in the double digits (Persona is HALF-way there!) and yet there are plenty of other properties that only have a handful of titles to their name.

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The Parasite Eve series is such a franchise, and while it hasn’t exactly been ignored  by Square, the publisher has done a crap-job at reviving the series by shoveling the originals over to PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Network as a shallow attempt to generate excitement for the release of the third entry at the time, The 3rd Birthday.

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The science-fiction horror story of Aya Brea is one that deserves to be told again with an upscaled production effort that would fit right at home on the PS Vita. The mechanics of the game’s combat mechanics and stage design are ideal for a “pick up ‘n play anytime” setup that can be alternated between each other like epic chapters to a grand story. Complete the arrangement with additional content, and some behind-the-scenes access to the development of the three titles, and you’ve got a prospect that’s already exciting in concept alone!

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It’s a surprise that Square hasn’t already released a collection like this after continued support of the platform with releases like Dragon Quest Builders and World of Final Fantasy, a Parasite Eve collection could be just the thing to push owners to charge the sleek Sony handheld once again.

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The Ape Escape Collection

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I don’t know if you guys heard, but 3D platformers are back in style -- like, gamers are straight HOT for these free-roaming scavenger hunt experiences right now. In all the excitement for this nostalgic renaissance though, one particular gem seems to be glossed over by the fact that it wasn’t on the Nintendo 64; Japan Studio’s Ape Escape had you scrambling through dozens of worlds to nab the eponymous simians themselves in a weird, but enjoyable series of collectathon games.

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When Ape Escape: On the Loose was first release at the PSP’s launch, critics found the revival to be too ambitious, as it suffered from the limitations that it had with the PlayStation Portable’s button layout and single-stick control, which doomed any possibility for the underrated sequels to get another revision themselves on the new handheld system. The Vita is the new opportunity that franchise needs to return from obscurity; I mean do you guys remember what the last Ape Escape game was that released? Ape Escape Move…a party game focused around the troubled motion-control peripheral, it didn’t even get a physical release in the states.

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All Sony needs to do is to get Vita remaster of Ape Escape: On the Loose, and Ape Escape 2-3 from the PlayStation 2 onto one loaded cartridge, and they’ll be able to cash in on the platformer fever with a series that rightfully deserves the prestige that the genre is currently enjoying from the public.

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The Clover Collection

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Before they were known for their games about sexy, violent Witches, or pulpy action, pen-and-ink brawlers, Platinum went by another name, one that wasn’t simply just another rose, but a Clover instead.

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The original Capcom-owned studio helped usher in modern day classics that’re still cherished to this day; classics like Viewtiful Joe, Okami, and God Hand were titles that truly embodied the creative spirit that the team went on to brand themselves with. As acclaimed as the lineup of software is however, they’re admittedly still niche games that are arguably considered to be sleeper-hits than runaway ones, making them all the more ripe for re-releases on an interface that they’re already familiar with.

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It’s no secret that the Vita’s touch control options aren’t the most popular among its features, but the potential they hold for the unique dynamics of the Clover trio is something shouldn’t be ignored. Think back to the Wii port of Okami; the transition it made to motion-controls was subtle enough to be fresh without overpowering the purity of the gameplay, it was a move that influenced many to consider the Wii version of the game to be the definitive one.

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Speculation aside though, these experiences are one that rightfully deserve another release on hardware that can do them justice, and I can’t think of a better way to do it then to include them all in a budget assortment.

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The Patapon Collection

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The one issue that the Vita inherited from the PSP was its lack of exclusive properties that made carrying one around worth the investment. Not to say that Sony’s pocket systems never had any killer apps of their own, and a prime example of that was Japan Studio’s Patapon, a rhythm-based real-time strategy game that had you time your beats for some beat-downs.

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Timing different combinations to the tune of a jungle drum, players would guide a growing tribe of savages to victory as they would challenge rival tribes for land and posterity in order to regain the honor they once had for their Patapon heritage. Patapon became popular enough to spawn two more sequels with its surprisingly deep and quirky gameplay, and it wasn’t long before the trilogy was considered to be a cult-classic among PlayStation fans, and voyeurs alike.

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Strangely enough, two of the three games never saw a Vita port, which was a shame considering how brilliant the touch-screen interface could be for a reimagined control scheme. Then there’s the upcoming remaster of the collection that’s slated to release for the PS4 later this year; a Vita version of that collection with a Cross-Save feature for its console counterpart would make all the sense in the world for Sony to follow through with -- like, an absolute no-brainer even.

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Not since the original Wii, has there been a platform that was so “undead” like the PlayStation Vita; a system that was in this weird purgatory where it was considered a critical success among the masses, and yet was still regarded as a commercial failure. Still, we can only hope that the handheld can host a couple more game collections that could use the portable treatment, poetically giving them, and the Vita, a second chance at a new life.

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Here are some properties that could use the travel package treatment, considering the potential choice-cuts that’re available for a bundled release.

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Five Action Games That Could Become The Next Big RTS https://www.gameskinny.com/a7hjk/five-action-games-that-could-become-the-next-big-rts https://www.gameskinny.com/a7hjk/five-action-games-that-could-become-the-next-big-rts Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:16:00 -0500 Rob Kershaw

Spin-offs are an interesting beast. If you have a hugely successful franchise, there's always the temptation to try and milk it dry by chucking your characters into a completely different genre and seeing if they gain traction.

A lot of the time, they fall flat (like Dizzy's foray into Tetris territory in Panic Dizzy, the light gun-directed point-and-click of Pac Man 2...). Sometimes, they work incredibly well (Mario KartMario Tennis, Mario & Luigi -- yeah, Mario seems to have this covered). 

However, the crossover from action game to real-time strategy is an interesting beast, which studios seem averse to exploring. Halo Wars demonstrated that you could take a straightforward FPS and turn it into a polished and surprisingly accessible RTS, but there has been a dearth of similar titles since. 

That absence is all the more intriguing, since many action games appear to be perfect candidates for the RTS spin-off treatment. Whether that's due to their existing lore, predesigned units, or perceived ease at which a crossover could take place, it's time someone made the case for new strategy franchises.

In that respect, fear not -- we've thought about it long and hard, so you don't have to. 

Battlefield 1

World war is making a comeback in gaming (must...avoid...real world commentary...), so what better way to ride the tide of interest than with an RTS based on the latest revered installment of DICE's franchise?

If you consider it for a moment, all of the pieces are already in place. The classes all translate perfectly into selectable and upgradeable units, meaning that your play area can be littered with tanks, medics, pilots and...um... horses.

The missions can be ripped directly from the FPS campaign's individual War Stories and adapted for strategy purposes. And when the new Battlefield 1 DLC drops this year, there'll be even more meat to pick apart for potential missions.

All told, this could be a killer addition to the franchise. Sure, Company of Heroes may have done something similar. But did it have horses?

No, it did not.

Darksiders

Vigil Games' apocalyptic hack 'n' slash has all the elements needed for a real-time strategy. Think about it. On one side, you have War, Samael, Azrael and Vulgrim. On the other, Abaddon, Uriel, Straga and the Charred Council.

There are angels and demons aplenty, which would make superb ground units. What's more, they're all wildly different -- from massive Gholen through to the smaller Swarm. The individual characters from both sides could act as commanding units, leading the assault and unleashing their supernatural abilities to wreak havoc. 

Drawing on its mythic lore, the environments could be pulled from Heaven, Hell and Earth, allowing for a robust and varied series of campaign battles. And persuading Mark Hamill back to voice The Watcher would be a timely move, given his resurgence on the big screen. This one's a definite winner. 

DOOM

It's perhaps not a natural candidate for an RTS, but DOOM certainly has potential. Pretty much all of the enemy classes could be ported into varied and interesting units, whilst setting the game in Hell would certainly be a unique locale for a strategy game. 

The multiplayer aspect of id Software's reboot is where the most exciting ideas could be culled, however. Hack modules such as "Scout" would work perfectly in giving you a brief overview of where your enemy is located on the battlefield, while "Power Seeker" could be adapted to point players to resources to help tip the campaign in their favour. 

Of course, what we'd really want to see is the good guys upgrading their units to allow them to morph into demons, before sending a swarm of Mancubi at the incoming hellspawn army.

That would be lovely.

Titanfall

If there's one game ripe with RTS booty for plundering, it's Titanfall. The huge variety of mega-mechs with varying powers would mesh particularly well with the tactical abilities of the game's pilots. It would allow for a playing field filled with cloaked infantry, an exhausting array of weaponry and a lot of explosions.

Better still, the multiplayer maps would make the perfect foundation for a strategic campaign, and the franchise's rather flimsy storyline can be easily manipulated into something far more digestible over a series of missions. 

The crossover would need to be careful not to edge too far into Dawn of War's territory, but if the development team stuck to what they were good at -- massive, interesting units battering the living heck out of each other -- then this could make a surprisingly good RTS.

God of War

Go along with us here. There's an opening for a Kratos-driven RTS that you probably haven't considered. Far from the series being just one man against the entire pantheon of Gods, you may recall that Kratos has had his share of help along the way.

The enemy faction would obviously be overseen by Zeus. There is no shortage of fantastic gods and beasts that could make up the opposing ranks. Medusa, Poseidon, the Kraken? All viable choices. Splendid, that's one side locked down.

The allied faction could be made up of the huge array of characters who stood with Kratos and aided him throughout his entire journey. Cronos would be a great addition to begin with. Hold on, scratch that -- Kratos sliced him open. Hades seemed like a stellar chap, yeah? Well, up until the point where he tried to rip out Kratos' soul, that is. How about Gaia? Nope, that alliance didn't end too well, either. Aphrodite? She'd be good at..erm... Right.

So, it seems that the allied faction would be Kratos and Deimos.

And Deimos is dead. 

Look, not every idea is a gold-plated winner, OK?

What action games would you love to see spun off into an RTS? Give us your best suggestions in the comments below!

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5 Games You Need to Play to Prepare for 2017 Releases https://www.gameskinny.com/kuxr3/5-games-you-need-to-play-to-prepare-for-2017-releases https://www.gameskinny.com/kuxr3/5-games-you-need-to-play-to-prepare-for-2017-releases Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

2017 is officially here. While you may still be reeling from the tide of solid releases in 2016, the new game release calendar, unfortunately, just isn’t going to wait.

This year is set to see quite a few sequels and comebacks from major franchises. Below is a list of games that, if you didn’t get a chance to play them the first go-around, you should play right now. If you have played them, you should replay them in anticipation of these new titles.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

In anticipation of South Park: Fractured But Whole

Stick of Truth was exactly what the next gen South Park game needed to be. It’s combat, albeit simple, was fun (the “summons” were definitely a highlight), the humor was very very South Park and it all actually tied into the franchise nicely.

In other words, if you haven’t played this game yet go now! There isn’t really a better time to do so. The Fractured But Whole is slated to come out soon, on March 30. TSoT is a little bit more forgiving to your schedule too since the play time is about 15-20 hours.

Bonus: If you’re not caught up on recent seasons of the show it might be a good idea to start a marathon. At the very least watch season 13 episode 2 and season 14 episodes 11-14. That whole superhero franchise thing definitely seems like it will be a huge part of the new game.

The Resident Evil series

In anticipation of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Ok, so you may not have time to play every game in this series, but it might be worth playing one or two to hype yourself for the latest installment. There’s a small window for this one since Resident Evil 7 is supposed to release later this month on Jan. 24.

Through the demo, gamers have been able to see a game that seems to depart from the formula of its siblings. There have been reassurances from Capcom saying that this new game will not completely abandon all that makes the series what it is.

Knowing that tidbit of info, it might be a good idea to venture back into the franchise. Even if it’s just to enjoy the 'amazing' voice acting of the first.

The God of War series

In anticipation of God of War

The reveal of God of War was a highlight of the E3 2016 Sony press conference. The public got a new view of an older and paternal Kratos. A huge development for the character since past games. Big changes are coming to the God of War universe.

Playing the older games of the series would be worth it just to see the progression of the protagonist. Just look at the description for the game on its website:

“With new purpose and his son at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created..."

The game doesn’t have a solid release date yet but is rumored for late 2017. That’s plenty of time to at least get started on past games.

The Mass Effect Trilogy

In anticipation of Mass Effect: Andromeda

Another game rapidly approaching release in March is the latest in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda. On March 21, players will be able to explore a whole new galaxy within the Mass Effect universe.

It’s still not entirely known if Commander Shepard will have any sort of role in the game, whether it be through lore or otherwise, what we do know though is through trailers and words from BioWare. A 2015 blog post from the developer reads, “this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy.”

Playing the first trilogy before this release might be a good idea not only to catch up on the inner-workings of the game’s world, but this game could signal the start of something completely new. No need to miss out on a solid story line in the hype of the new.

Red Dead Redemption

In anticipation of Red Dead Redemption 2

The original Red Dead Redemption could debatably be called one of the best games of all time. Its beautiful open world is paired with a strong story and a highly personable underdog of a hero.

Fall can’t get here fast enough. The good news is though, you have plenty of time to play the first game. Especially if you never got around to finishing it the first time.

Chances are, the story of the first game is going to play into Red Dead 2, but of course, all the details aren’t out just yet.

What are the games you are playing or replaying to get ready for 2017 releases? What other games should be on the list? I would love to hear your thoughts via the comments below!

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New God of War Will Not Be On PlayStation Experience 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/xxbtd/new-god-of-war-will-not-be-on-playstation-experience-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/xxbtd/new-god-of-war-will-not-be-on-playstation-experience-2016 Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:05:05 -0400 Caio Sampaio

God of War fans will need to wait if they want to watch more footage from their favorite franchise. In a Tweet on his account, Cory Barlog, the director of the upcoming entry of the series, claimed that the game will not make an appearance at PlayStation Experience 2016. He said:

"Sadly, I won't be showing anything of the game at psx, just heading there to hang out with playstation fans and play games."

Another Tweet followed shortly after, as he urged fans to be patient, because the wait will be worth it, as he claims:

"I promise we will be showing something really awesome when it is ready."

Announced at E3 2016 back in June, the next installment in the God of War series will take place after the ending of the third. Developers claim that more emphasis will be placed on the emotional aspect of the experience.

A release date is yet to be announced, and Sony hasn't revealed the full list of games that will be displayed at PlayStation Experience 2016 -- which will take place on December 3rd and 4th in Anaheim, California.

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Play PlayStation Games On Your PC & Use The DualShock 4 Wirelessly! https://www.gameskinny.com/m9s74/play-playstation-games-on-your-pc-use-the-dualshock-4-wirelessly https://www.gameskinny.com/m9s74/play-playstation-games-on-your-pc-use-the-dualshock-4-wirelessly Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:22:55 -0400 Angie Harvey

PlayStation has announced via the Official PlayStation Blog that PlayStation Now will be launching on PC in Europe and North America in the near future.

Launching on Windows PC for the first time, PS Now subscribers will have a brand new way to access some of the most critically acclaimed franchises to date. Uncharted, God of War, Ratchet and Clank, The Last of Us and Journey will make up just some of the 400 game library that subscribers will have access to on their PC.

Along with the PS Now announcement, PlayStation is set to introduce a brand new device that will allow the DualShock 4 Controller to be played wirelessly on PC and Mac. The adapter will be connected via the USB port and will allow players to have access to all current DualShock 4 features. The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will launch in early September at a suggested RRP of $24.99

Finally, PlayStation has revealed the recommended specifications for running PS Now on your PC.

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

Having the ability to use the DualShock 4 wirelessly without having to be attached to your PC is a fantastic new feature that will surely be a hit among the community.

Will you be taking advantage of PS Now on PC or the new wireless adaptor? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Friendship is gaming: the best My Little Pony crossover art https://www.gameskinny.com/9mv9p/friendship-is-gaming-the-best-my-little-pony-crossover-art https://www.gameskinny.com/9mv9p/friendship-is-gaming-the-best-my-little-pony-crossover-art Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:47:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

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While there is in fact a freemium mobile game for iOS / Android, the series hasn't made nearly as big an incursion into console or PC gaming as many other famous cartoon series.

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Based on all the fan art, it seems like that's a missed opportunity, as clearly gamers are interested in the two worlds coming together.

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These 16 crossover series aren't even the bulk of the My Little Pony recreations that have tread into the gaming universe - there's a whole lot more out there to be discovered with a little searching.

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Which was your favorite from our list, and what excellent crossover art have you found that should have made the cut here?

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In a reminder of how small a number Valve can count to, somebody just had to go here with a My Little Pony mash up. Sadly, there's more chance of this game series coming out and reaching part 3 than there is of the actual Half-Life 3 ever seeing official release...

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Sonic: Pegasus Dash

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Hah, why not? A high speed platformer where ponies are battling robotic enemies while picking up collectible rings could work, and would probably be some amusing fun for an afternoon or three. Come on indie pixel art developers, hook us up with something unofficial already!

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Watchponies

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This is perhaps the one that would destroy some minds and kill any remaining vestiges innocence the quickest, even above and beyond the Dead Space or Game Of Thrones crossovers. From the questions of whether the ends justify the means to the unexpected rape scene, this downer of a super hero tale would make some kids grow up real quick...

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Assassin's Creed

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There's a metric ton of these Assassin's Creed mashups covering the entire series from basic pencil sketches all the way up to intricate digital masterpieces that match the original style.

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Templars, Assassins, and everybody in between gets in on the action in this massive series that seems to have really ignited the creativity in My Little Pony fans.

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Trotting Dead

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Good lord, this one would get you right in the feels as Princess Equestria has to teach Fluttershy some harsh lessons about surviving in the zombie apocalypse... Would you pull the trigger in the last scene, or leave her to die and rise again as a zombie?

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Left 4 Pony

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Another game that would probably be a lot of fun if given the chance to exist, a Left 4 Dead crossover mashup would be hilarious with ponies reading the dialog.

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Derpy would obviously be taking the role of Ellis, and I'd pay money to hear Apple Jack shout "reloading!" while Big Mcintosh yelled about traveling down the "tunnel of love" as zombie hordes swarm all over.

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Game Of Thronies

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This one would probably be even more innocence-shattering than the Dead Space crossover, and would absolutely give a whole new meaning to that scene where Daenerys eats a horse heart...

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Several people have put together opening My Little pony crossover segments in Game Of Throne style, like this one:

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Dead Space

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Oh man, this would just ruin things for everyone and seriously destroy some childhoods. Imagine all those gut-wrenching, gag-inducing ways Isaac dies in these games (getting an arm torn off by the slamming shutters and watching it float away outside the glass always gets a cringe from me). Now apply all those scenes to adorable little ponies!

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Ponies Of War

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I'm imagining Princess Luna and her locust pony horde bubbling up from the depths of the earth and sort of wishing this was a real thing. Just think of those epic chainsaw executions... Would Spike take the role of the dreadlocked Skorge from Gears 2?

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Pony Of War

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a blood-spattered pony as Kratos, who probably just accidentally murdered his family and is gearing up to go on a deicidal rampage. OK, I'd actually play this game if it existed, no question about it.

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Much like with the Fallout fan fiction crossover, this particular image has been used in a fan fiction story series titled “Bridled Fury” (see what they did there?).

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Uncharted 2: Among Ponies

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The cigar and mustache are just absolutely killing me, and that cutie mark is perfect! Seeing this style and considering where it could go next is making me seriously wish for some insanely explosive pony mayhem in a Just Cause mashup though...

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I'm absolutely loving Applejack as Tifa and that spot-on Dr. Whooves as Vincent. Serious question though: what would the ponies ride for the chocobo races in Gold Saucer?

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Even if it weren't explicitly a Final Fantasy recreation, there's no reason a My Little Pony turn-based JRPG couldn't be done (it actually happened with Sailor Moon back in the SNES days). Somebody out there with RPG Maker surely has given this a go by now?

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This is another one I'm sort of surprised hasn't actually happened in some form or another. My Little Pony as a fighting game could actually work, especially if they pulled in all those diverse characters of different species. Maybe more of a Smash Bros. feel to keep up the lighthearted nature?

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I'm not sure how Elizabeth would lose part of her hoof instead the tip of her finger, but whatever, this is awesome. The Pony universe gone dark with all sorts of time travel / dimension hopping would be amazing, and I'd easily watch a film recreation of Bioshock Infinite done with horses. That golden Songbird in particular has my interest piqued.

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An enterprising fan on the Game Crossovers section of FilmFiction.net made a whole series of these vehicles covering most of the different My Little Pony characters.

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Rather than mushrooms they'd probably get cutie marks to power up, and after a long slog through many platforming worlds, a less-than-amused Rainbow Dash would probably discover that Princess Equestria is actually in another castle!

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A few months back while looking for the best NSFW recreations of famous video game art, I stumbled upon some really in-depth Fallout / My Little Pony crossover fan fiction, complete with artwork.

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It's not just little girls who make up the fan base either - there's actually a huge section of the geek culture who are getting in on the action, including the creepy/awesome bronies. We've reached a point of the series essentially becoming mainstream: you can even expect to see all sorts of My Little Pony apparel and knick knacks at your local Hot Topic or Spencers. 

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Top 5 Games I'm Excited For in 2016 and 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ysfjb/top-5-games-im-excited-for-in-2016-and-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ysfjb/top-5-games-im-excited-for-in-2016-and-2017 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:45:22 -0400 Gregory I.

Hey guys, there were some pretty cool looking games shown off at E3 this year, and I've compiled a list of the top 5 of those games that I'm most looking forward to. Do you have any favorite games from E3? You can let me know in the comments.

5. - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U).

The newest edition to the Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild, takes place in a version of Link's world we haven't seen before. The trailer shows that you can do, well, basically anything. Link is shown climbing mountains, chopping down trees, hunting, setting fire to grass and even taming his own horse.

What got me most excited was the ice-block manipulation device Link used (not sure what it's called), as well as the magnetic looking thing that he used to pick up an object and smash his enemies with. It seems as if you will be able to obtain different armor sets, as well. I'm genuinely excited for this, as it looks like it'll be an experience that none of us have had before with a Legend of Zelda game. LoZ: Breath of the Wild is to be released in 2017. 

4. - Days Gone (PlayStation 4).

In this trailer, we see Sam Witwer's character, Deacon, explaining how the zombie apocalypse happened. Now I might be a bit biased, since I love Sam Witwer, but SIE Bend Studio did a fantastic job with this announcement trailer, and seeing his acting in this made me love it even more.

Many people were speculating that this would be a sequel to a very similar looking game, The Last of Us, but that theory was quickly smashed when they released the gameplay demo, showing that the zombies in Days Gone are vastly different from the Clickers we saw in The Last of Us. Days Gone is expected to release sometime in 2017.

3. - Spider-Man (PlayStation 4).

Another PlayStation exclusive, it seems as if PlayStation's definitely won the exclusives for E3. Now, I'm most definitely biased on this choice, as Spider-Man is my absolute favorite superhero. We only get to see a small portion of the gameplay in this trailer (the web swinging, and when Spider-Man rips something out of the wall and smashes it into an enemy) but from the looks of it -- it seems very reminiscent of Spider-Man 1 and 2 to me, and that excites me greatly -- Insomniac Games has said that they're likely not going to announce a release date any time soon, sadly.

2. - God of War (PlayStation 4).

In this gameplay trailer we see a young Charlie (not confirmed if this is his name, as they said it wasn't his final name) and his father, Kratos, the seemingly loving, yet harsh protagonist. This game takes a nicer over-the-shoulder third person, instead of the so-far-you-can't-see-Kratos third person, which looks very nice.

Almost immediately, we see that you can gain knowledge points for tracking, which hints at a possible hunting system further on in the game. When Kratos gets into the fight with the two.. things, you can see his axe take a nice elemental effect, which we then see is a frost effect as he tosses it, and impales one of the enemies like a badass.

Then there's the epic, presumably first, boss fight with a troll that equips a very large pillar. It's also nice to point out that Charlie can use lightning with his bow. Afterwards, we see a possible archery system that might come into play later on in the game.

Overall, this game has such a good feeling about it that I can't help but put this as the number 2 on the list. Also, Charlie saying he couldn't kill the deer made me very emotional. Wow. There's no official release date for this, so stay tuned. 

1. - Dead Rising 4 (PC and Xbox One).

Oh my god this looks amazing. I'm so happy Frank is back. Immediately it throws us into the action, showing the many different things you can kill zombies with, including a grenade launcher, an electrical go-kart, a flame-throwing Rhino head (WHAT?!) and numerous other great things.

I felt like I was back many years ago when I played the first Dead Rising. It seems like this world will be more open than the first two, and we won't be constrained to a single mall, though you can go to one, I'm assuming, it wouldn't be the same if you couldn't. This releases sometime in the holidays of 2016. 

 Honorable Mentions

Death Stranding(PS4)

Watch Dogs 2.(PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Battlefield 1(PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Horizon Zero Dawn(PS4)

There were plenty of amazing titles that were announced at E3, this list was very hard to write. These were the games that has gotten me excited for the rest of 2016 and looking forward to 2017.

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