LEGO Worlds Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com LEGO Worlds RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Best PC Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:01 -0500 ESpalding

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Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles

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Everywhere I've been on the internet while looking for great kids games of 2017, I've repeatedly seen Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles mentioned, and if you are familiar with the game, then you will know why.

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This beautiful adventure game focuses on exploration and crafting as its staple theme. There is no combat in the game, which makes it ideal for younger children and makes the game very relaxing and easy going. As you explore the island of Gemea, you befriend and train animals, gather fruit and resources, and then build your own farm to help generate food and resources for the inhabitants of the island.

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Yonder is out on Steam now for PC and also available on the PS4.

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Do your children play any of the games on this list? Maybe they play something else? If so, please let us know which games your children play so that we can check it out as well! 

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Ben 10

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Even though Ben 10 has just been released, it would be hard not to include it on a list of games for kids. From its humble beginnings as a kids cartoon, the Ben 10 franchise just keeps on growing! 

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This latest addition is an action-adventure game, and once again you play as Ben as you try to save the world from some of the series' most famous villains, including Queen Bee, Zombozo, and the Weatherheads. As usual, there are 10 alien creatures to transform into, so kids are going to enjoy exploring new abilities and the looks of these new forms.

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Ben 10 is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Portal Knights

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So far, this list has been missing an RPG, so here comes Portal Knights to fill that spot. This sandbox action-RPG is fantastic for teaching kids about teamwork and team dynamics.

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In Portal Knights, you take on the role of a Warrior, Mage, or Ranger who must travel to different worlds to lots of different islands to combat the effects of the great Fracture. Each island is randomly generated and offers a variety of unique environments, creatures, and resources for crafting. The crafting and gathering side of things is a nod to Minecraft, while the look of some of the land and characters themselves are quite reminiscent of LEGO.

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This game caters very well to two types of players -- the first being younger players who will enjoy mining and crafting items as well as the farming aspect of the game; the second being older kids, who may enjoy a more in-depth combat system.

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Portal Knights is currently available on Steam for PC, but it is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

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A Hat in Time

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Since its release in October, A Hat in Time has done incredibly well, gaining an overwhelmingly positive reception on Steam. Just from looking at the animation and storyline, you can see that this is a good game for kids! Plus, a game that has a kid as its main character is a nice way of getting kids interested in the game. If it weren't for a couple of cases of bad language, this game would have a universal rating.

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The game follows the adventures of a space-traveling little girl who has a love of hats. As she explores new worlds in order to retrieve some missing items, she gets to craft new hats with different abilities to help her out such as a witch's hat that allows her to cook potions.

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A Hat in Time is currently available on Steam for PC and Mac.

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Sonic Forces

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There have a number of Sonic releases this year, but for this list, we are recommending the most recent, Sonic Forces. The titular character has long been one of the characters associated with games, and kids love him! In this new game, you and Sonic have to save the world from Dr Eggman and a new villain called Infinite by bringing together an army to defeat them.

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Sonic Forces brings back the much-loved platforms mechanics from previous games as well as adding some 3D action in for good measure. One of the big drawing points of the game is the fact that players get to create their own character to join Sonic on his missions.

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The game is currently available on Steam for PC but is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Brawlout

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This little gem of an indie fighting game is a fun way of bringing the genre to kids. While consoles have had a cartoon-type fighter for many years, there don't seem to be many out on PC, so Brawlout is a welcomed addition. 

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The concept of a fighting game is pretty self-explanatory, but this game adds platforms to the mix, making the gameplay a bit more dynamic and fast-paced. Each character has its own unique playstyle such as a Nordic-looking Walrus-type character who uses ice attacks to freeze people in place or a  Porcupine character who uses electric shocks to stun.

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Brawlout is currently available on Steam for PC.

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Yooka Laylee

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As the cover slide suggested, Yooka Laylee was going to appear on this list somewhere. It was one of the most anticipated games of the year -- how could it not be?! All the beautiful animation and quirky characters make this very much suitable for kids.

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Of course, today's kids probably won't know about the game's predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie, so they will be going into it with no expectations or thinking that it has anything to live up to. Whether they just want to explore or go straight into collecting, this will keep kids occupied for ages. Younger players might have a little bit of trouble getting the hang of all the controls, but once they've mastered them, they will love playing this game!

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Yooka Laylee is available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux and also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

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Cuphead

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What do you mean I can't include Cuphead on a list for kids? Alright, it isn't really suitable for younger kids, but I still think it is OK for older ones. I agree that it isn't an easy game. Having put in numerous hours and still not really gotten anywhere, I can attest to its difficulty, but as with anything, practice makes perfect and, yes, I think older kids can get to grips with it.

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The animation in the game is amusing and very well done, and if kids watch retro cartoons on certain kid's TV channels, there is nothing really that they haven't seen before.

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Cuphead is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on Xbox One.

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LEGO Worlds

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We couldn't have a list of great PC games for kids without having a building game on the list somewhere. Since the obvious one has been out for many years now, it couldn't be included, so we turn to the ultimate building franchise for this slide.

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LEGO Worlds was released at the beginning of the year and brings everything you'd expect from a LEGO building game. The game features an open world with procedurally generated environments that you can fully manipulate. Kids can build whatever they can imagine by either moving things brick by brick or by using a prefabricated building and then customizing it. 

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LEGO Worlds is currently available on Steam for PC as well as on PS4 and Xbox One.

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Snake Pass

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Released early in 2017 was beautiful physics-based puzzle-platformer Snake Pass from British developer Sumo Digital. In Snake Pass, you play as a snake called Noodle, and with the help of his hummingbird friend, Doodle, you need to move around various locations collecting gate gems to progress to the next level. That's it. The premise of the game is to collect items to move on.

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There are no enemies, no fighting, no dialogue, and no other characters to interact with. This makes it an ideal game for kids because they just get to complete the puzzles and get instant gratification in doing so. Yes, the movements might be a bit taxing for younger players, but once they start thinking like a slithering snake, it makes it easier to move.

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In addition to being available on PC via SteamSnake Pass is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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2017 has been an amazing year for video games across all platforms, but with the likes of Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed: Origins being big hits with all the attention, it is sometimes hard to see which games released this year are suitable for children. 

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Kids this year have been spoilt for choice, both from AAA developers as well as indies. Whether it is platformers or puzzlers, there have been some great titles released this year for younger gamers. 

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Being a parent of young children, I know what kinds of games my kids and their friends like, so based on this, I have selected 10 PC games that I think your kids will love as well. These are games that will test and excite younger and older kids alike, so there is something for everyone!

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5 Game Series That Needed Crossplay Yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/bp662/5-game-series-that-needed-crossplay-yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/bp662/5-game-series-that-needed-crossplay-yesterday Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:18 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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The Diablo Franchise

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Diablo III is an old game -- well, old by gaming standards -- but it still seems new, owing to the never-ending stream of expansions and updates Blizzard provides its player base. For any online multiplayer game, cross-platform play seems necessary, but for a franchise as popular and with such a distinguished pedigree as Diablo, you could say it's close to mandatory. Diablo III already provides a fun and challenging co-op experience -- and it's almost a given that future iterations (which we'll definitely get) will push the envelope of co-op play even further. 

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As with all cross-platform games, however, there are important technical issues to consider, not least of which being the way different companies handle their servers. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. Blizzard once said that adding Seasons to the console versions of the game would be entirely out of the question for the same reasons, yet here we are, with Seasons on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So that doesn't mean that future Diablo games -- and maybe even Diablo III -- might dabble in crossplay sometime in the future. 

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From open world exploration games to traditional dungeon crawlers, sports, and everything in between, video games offer an enormous variety of experiences that are more than worth sharing with your friends. And cross-platform play would only help expand the fun on offer, bringing more people together playing the games they love, regardless of which console or platform they owned.

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Do you think crossplay will ever cross into the mainstream? What games do you want to see employ crossplay features? Let us know in the comments below! 

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The Lego Franchise (Lego Worlds)

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On a completely different note is Lego Worlds. Minecraft might have stolen the title of first cross-platform sandbox game, but that doesn't mean there is no room for this one. Like Minecraft, this game lets you build anything you can imagine, only you're building it with Legos, which means you can indulge all your childhood Lego dreams that just weren't possible to realize with traditional block sets.

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The recent addition of multiplayer to Lego Worlds allows gamers to explore each other's sandboxes and play and build together -- or wreak complete havoc on one another. Legos, in general, are meant to be shared and shown off, and with the game being on all major platforms -- Switch included -- cross-platform play would fit perfectly with the game's and franchise's mission of encouraging creative play.

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Ultimately, Lego Worlds is a strong candidate to lead the charge for cross-platform play for both console and PC. 

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The Elder Scrolls Franchise (The Elder Scrolls Online)

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Why implement cross-platform play for The Elder Scrolls Online, a game that's already more than three years old? Because there were still an estimated 8.5 million players online as of February of this year. There's a good reason for that as well: since the game's release, Bethesda has included a number of necessary tune-ups to improve the overall experience.

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One of the best was altering the level system so that zones level with you, actually giving players incentive to explore and take on quests. However, even better is the Morrowind expansion and its PvP element, alongside the almost-endless crafting possibilities for your home and character.

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There's a lot to love about Elder Scrolls Online, and letting those 8.5 million players play together fits perfectly with the direction in which the developers are taking the game, giving an expanded purpose to the game's PvP battles and making exploration even more enjoyable than it already is. That, ultimately, should ensure players' enjoyment of it. 

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If any MMO can make crossplay happen, it's ESO

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The FIFA Franchise

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This one should come as no surprise. The FIFA games are some of EA's best-selling, and FIFA 18 is one of the best the franchise has to offer. 

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Multiplayer is, of course, a tremendous part of the franchise's appeal. It's available on every platform, yet to date, there's no cross-platform support.

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Allowing owners of different systems to play together is the next logical step in the franchise's development -- not to mention a way of boosting its eSports presence. PS4 owners will finally be able to play with their Xbox One counterparts. And when the Nintendo Switch's online service launches in 2018, even more players will be chomping at the bit to take to the pitch and show their dominance. As a third party developer, EA has no concerns over encouraging consumers to purchase one particular system for their products, so in the end, everyone would win.

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As a third party developer, EA has no concerns over encouraging consumers to purchase one particular system for their products, so in the end, everyone would win.

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Perhaps FIFA will ultimately lead the charge forward. 

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The Call of Duty Franchise

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Aside the controversies over Call of Duty: WWII, there's still an immensely popular, long-running franchise here with quality multiplayer offerings, which is highlighted by the recent beta for the upcoming installment. The series' team-based FPS action draws in numerous players every time a new version is released, even more so with the series going back to its historical-ish roots.

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One would think the opportunity for cross-platform support for the kind of multiplayer free-for-all the Call of Duty franchise is known for would be something developers would eagerly pursue. However, that's not really the case for most shooter games.

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Many publishers and developers cite the inordinate advantage PC players have over console players when talking about crossplay for these titles, especially since those players have the at their disposals the precision of a mouse and keyboard and the fidelity of minutely adjusting settings and visuals to their advantage. So even though we'd love to see cross-platform CoD -- or even Overwatch -- unfortunately, that's probably just a dream right now.

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But moving forward, the Call of Duty franchise is the perfect test case to accurately measure if crossplay across, at the very least, consoles is viable for the FPS genre. 

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Video games are meant to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, and multiplayer is designed for exactly that. However, there's a bit of a problem that can, and sometimes does, put a wrench in that chain: the crossplay hobgoblin. Almost every AAA game that releases launches on all the major consoles -- but players can, for the most part, only play with those gamers that use the same system as they do. 

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Some developers are starting to break that trend -- with Mojang being a notable recent example -- allowing anyone and everyone to play together. But other developers are playing sticks in the mud.  As the trend towards greater cross-platform support continues to grow, these are five of our top picks for games we want to see included in it.

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As the trend toward greater cross-platform support continues to grow among player bases, here are five of our top picks for games and series we want to see interconnected in the crossplay-future. 

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5 Best Kids' Games for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6r64b/5-best-kids-games-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6r64b/5-best-kids-games-for-the-nintendo-switch Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:21:26 -0400 adelgirl

Since its release in March, dozens of games have already been released on Nintendo's newest console. Some of those on the Switch are brand new games, while others are re-releases and ports. And while there are some games that are geared more toward teens and adults, there are still some great games that children of all ages can play.

This list will cover five of the best games for children on the Nintendo Switch. Of course, all of these games can be played anyone at any age, not just children. But these games are those that you'll definitely be able to pick up for your kids this holiday season. 

Let's dive in. 

5. 1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch is a great game to buy a child if you want them to spend time with the family. And although it is a multiplayer-only game, that means everyone in the family can (and probably should) play together. There are tons of mini-games to choose from, each one different from the last. These mini-games make use of certain features of the Switch controllers, such as the Joycons' improved rumble feature. It can also be fun to watch other people

Each mini-game makes use of certain features of the Switch controllers, such as the Joycons' improved rumble feature, motion control, and more. 1-2-Switch has everything from Quickdraw (family-friendly) Wild West shootouts and Samurai Training to Table Tennis, Boxing, Dance Off, and much more.  

You can buy 1-2-Switch on Amazon for $49.99

4. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is a Nintendo Switch remake of Raymon Legends. It is a fun platformer game where you play as one of four characters with different special moves. You guide these characters through various (zany) levels as they defeat enemies and rescue those in need. 

Each of these characters also has different outfits that you can unlock or purchase with in-game currency. The colors in the game work very well together, especially in regards to the different characters. And the sound design is impeccable.This is also a great game for multiple people since up to four people can play together.

Rayman Legends is also a great game for multiple people since up to four people can play together at the same time. This could very well be the perfect game to pick up for the entire family this holiday season. 

You can buy Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition on Amazon for $39.99. 

3. Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds is an open-world, Minecraft-style game solely made of Lego blocks. The player has the ability to change the world as they see fit. The player can create anything, including mountains and islands, and they can explore their world however they see fit, whether that be riding on the back of a dragon or riding around on a motorcycle. At the start of the game. they are an astronaut, but the farther they progress into the game, the more they can change their character. 

At the start of the game. they are an astronaut, but the farther they progress into the game, the more they can change their character. Needless to say, this is a kid- and family-friendly sandbox experience that will deliver hours and hours of entertainment. 

You can buy Lego Worlds on Amazon for $39.99.

2. Skylanders Imaginators

The Skylanders franchise has been around since 2011 -- and its popularity hasn't waned in all of those years, especially with kids. This specific variation allows for players to create their own Skylanders in-game, as long as they have the correct creation crystal for the type they want to make. 

So while it can be a bit pricey to get your child hooked on Skylanders, it's an investment that keeps giving back year after year. Activision provides massive support for the game and the figures double as toys -- so you're getting double the bang for your proverbial buck. 

You can buy the Skylanders Starter Pack on Amazon for $58.00. 

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is always a big hit with children. This specific version is a re-release of the version for Wii U. However, the Switch version of Mario Kart 8 comes with all of the DLC characters and races from the Wii U version. With a large variety of tracks on which to compete, and a plethora of characters to race as, this game is highly replayable. And di we mention up to four players can face off to see who's the king of the track? 

You can buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Amazon for $59.99. 

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While all of these games vary in type from each other, they are all great for children. And even better? The whole family can get in on the action, too! 

Are there any games you think should have been included in this list? Let us know in the comments.

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2017's Best Sandbox Games So Far https://www.gameskinny.com/ckpvs/2017s-best-sandbox-games-so-far https://www.gameskinny.com/ckpvs/2017s-best-sandbox-games-so-far Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:24:27 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Switch, Wii U
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Naturally, any list of best sandbox games so far this year has to include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One of the things that makes this game stand out as a sandbox game is the fact that it even is a sandbox game -- a tremendous departure from the formulaic, linear Zelda games of yesteryear.

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After completing a few required scenarios, players can immediately race to the game's final moments, scour the land for the best equipment possible, find and complete a multitude of shrine quests and uncover new abilities in the process, or delve into the game's story. Series fans would probably be as interested in the last option as anything else, but the game is still completely accessible for newcomers on account of it being set so far in the future from any events in any other Zelda game.

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Exploration and puzzle solving are no longer a "paint-by-numbers" affair either. As Nintendo frequently mentioned in the leadup to the game's launch, there are as many ways to solve a puzzle as there are players.

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What have been your favorite sandbox games this year? If they aren't included in our list, leave a comment below and let us know! 

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Lego Worlds

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PS4, Xbox One, Steam
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Minecraft might be the most well-known sandbox video game, but Lego has definitely been letting people build their imaginations for a lot longer. And that's exactly what you do in Lego Worlds -- build anything you can imagine.

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In a combination of Minecraft and Scribblenauts, Lego Worlds unleashes you into a series of creative and bizarre worlds, all connected to each other somehow. You might start in a modern city setting, then end up in a haunted forest, only to leave the forest and head into an arid desert.

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Like Minecraft, you are free -- freer than any previous Lego game -- to create anything and everything you want. There's a tutorial mode to help get you started, or you can bypass this completely and play in sandbox mode. Like Scribblenauts, there is a story to be found in all of this -- but it's not anything too in-depth, and there are plenty of side missions to complete as well. As with any good sandbox game, it's up to you how to handle them.  You can work within the lines, or you can completely break the game with some creative creations and work your way around the lines.

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Slime Rancher

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Steam
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Slime Rancher combines a variety of different genres into one unique package. Playing as Beatrix LeBeau, you arrive at an abandoned ranch a thousand light years away from your home planet and must work to restore it to glory -- much like the setup in earlier Harvest Moon games (well, minus the space travel).

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However, you won't be taking care of your usual animals here. As the name suggests, this game is all about finding, taming, battling, and raising slimes. Slimes come in a huge variety of forms and colors, all with their own characteristics that require specific methods of care to thrive. Of course, that means scouring the world to find what you need for your ranch and slimes to grow and prosper, and Slime Rancher offers a wide, quite attractive world to explore using your handy vacpack -- a vacuum that also happens to be your backpack and can act a lot like Samus Aran's arm cannon too.

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There's not much story to be found here, which leaves you free to focus on making your ranch the best it can be using whatever methods work. (And with the help of our Slime Rancher guides, you're sure to get started on the right foot.)

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Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles

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Steam
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Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles is an interesting game. Compared to most games, there's not a lot to do. It's almost impossible to die, there is no combat, and the story itself is rather thin -- involving a creeping darkness invading the islands of Gemea and the need to recover the Sprites that can repel it.

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However, you don't really need to pursue the story, if you don't want to. The real fun comes from exploring and interacting with the environment, along with using materials to craft items that help you explore further. There are plenty of side quests too, along with farming elements, that your crafting will help make easier.

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Yonder shows off a different side of gaming -- the more relaxed and comforting side that helps you unwind after a stressful day. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Gravity Rush 2

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PS4
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Gravity Rush 2 improves on its predecessor in almost every way. The world is more expansive, you have new abilities with which you can manipulate gravity, a multitude of quests has been added, and you can freely develop your own combat style.

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It's difficult to determine what is more rewarding in Gravity Rush 2. The missions themselves are quite varied, but flying around to explore the vast world and its unique aesthetic is a pleasure in itself. Fans of the first game will likely think the story is the best feature, though, since it ties up many of the loose ends left by the first.

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What makes this game special as a sandbox game is the fact that, despite having a definite overarching story, you are pretty much free to choose how you go about finding and completing the chapter missions. However, the combat is rather rewarding as well, since players can develop a variety of fighting styles -- all of which make excellent use of the key gravity manipulation mechanic -- to suit whatever situation comes their way.

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RiME

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PS4, Xbox One, Steam
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RiME is an atmospheric puzzle game that offers a great gameplay experience despite having no dialogue. The world itself is very open, and players are free to pursue or ignore important and optional quests as they please. It's fairly easy to ignore the optional ones, though most of the required puzzles do give the player a good deal of guidance in one form or another.

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However, puzzles are only part of the adventure here. The visual style makes exploring every inch of the island -- and trying to achieve the trophies -- as much fun as progressing through the game itself. Yet you will want to progress and see your adventure through to the end.

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One of the best things about RiME is actually the story -- which is interesting, considering the fact that it only really starts to become a focus towards the game's end. There won't be any spoilers here, but it certainly gives you a different perspective on the game and protagonist.

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Kingdoms and Castles

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Steam
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Kingdoms and Castles is a simulator that places you in the role of a ruler who must decide how best to build up their kingdom. It offers you plenty of options for doing so, along with plenty of challenges.

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Your most basic goal is keeping your people happy -- partly because that's what good rulers do, and partly so that you can tax them without fear of revolt. You're also responsible for keeping them fed and healthy, which means allocating resources to farming, to better buildings, and so on. But in return, you also attract new residents to exploit -- er, care for.

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There are other challenges too, including marauding Vikings and dragons that mercilessly sack your kingdom if you aren't militarily prepared for them. The biggest pleasure, though, comes from building and managing the layout of your kingdom itself, and the layout of things like towers and walls that change based on how you stack your tiles and choose to build.

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Ultimately, how and where you build your kingdom determines your success or demise. It may not have quite the depth of Civilization, but Civilization also doesn't have dragons…

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Horizon: Zero Dawn

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PS4
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Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the best-rated games of this year so far, let alone being among the best sandbox games. It's not difficult to see why, either -- it's a gorgeous-looking game with a lot to offer.

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Set in the distant future, where humans have reverted to living in tribes and machine monsters run wild, this game puts you in the role of Aloy -- a motherless outcast from a matriarchal society. You discover technology that you can harness to hunt and control the monsters you encounter as you traverse the world around you and attempt to unravel the many tangled threads of politics and warfare. 

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Or you can do none of that, because you're also free to pursue sidequests, wander the world, or master your combat techniques -- and it's the latter that makes Horizon Zero Dawn really shine. Combat in this game involves learning the patterns and behaviors of various machines in a way reminiscent of Xenoblade Chronicles, and Aloy has no shortage of weapons and abilities to help her on the way to victory.

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Of course, the combat is helped along quite a bit by the game's visuals. Dark, yet rich, they go a long way in pulling you into this world and making it believable -- and interested parties will also find a lot to enjoy in the game's themes of what it means to be human and the role of technology, among other things not often explored in video games. 

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For more information, read our review of Horizon Zero Dawn.

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Sandbox games are among some of the most inventive and engaging video games out there. They allow and encourage a great deal of creativity, helping the player be as much a part of what unfolds on screen as what the developers themselves intended. Be it progressing through a story at your own pace or exploring and shaping the game environment to your heart's content, sandbox games have something to appeal to almost everyone.

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2017 has been an especially good year for lovers of sandbox games, so we compiled a list of some of the best ones up to now to help you navigate your way to your next favorite game.

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Image via Bitcoin Magazine

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10 Best Kid Friendly Xbox One Games In 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/legzb/10-best-kid-friendly-xbox-one-games-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/legzb/10-best-kid-friendly-xbox-one-games-in-2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:26:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

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When it comes to games aimed at the family playing together, there's no shortage on the media-rich Xbox One console. These 10 are only a few of many kid-focused games available in 2017. 

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What did you think of our list, and what E-rated games would you recommend we try out with our kids this year? Let us know if you pick up any of the titles on this list and tell us what your children thought!

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The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure

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  • Release Date: November 3, 2016
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Think of a side scrolling platform game like Mario, add in the Peanuts characters, and simplify for it the 6 - 8 year olds. You've exactly got Snoopy's Grand Adventure. Typically with movie-branded titles like this you aren't expecting anything too amazing, but the level design and fun factor here is well worth it.

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Just Dance 2017

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  • Release Date: October 25, 2016
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A new year means a new Just Dance entry (and a rare Kinect release). With this game, you can get your kids off the couch and exercising while they unlock achievements and have fall-down-laughing fun with their friends!

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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

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Diving into the traditional Zelda style with wild abandon, Oceanhorn is one of only a handful of games on the Xbox One that provides that classic Nintendo atmosphere. There are monsters and sword-swinging on this one, so it may not be for all families. But the violence is kept fairly abstract without any blood, and the cutesy style is more aimed at kids than adults.

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Rime

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  • Release Date: May 26, 2017
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Due out next month, this adventure game will scratch a somewhat similar itch as the much-lauded Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, but without having to buy a Nintendo Switch.

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This cartoon stylized title has the player exploring open landscapes and solving puzzles to advance to new areas -- using music, lighting, and perspectives to find clues on how to open up locations.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect 2

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Although some mini-games get added in this time around, for the most part there's no complicated mechanics or gameplay to learn in this Kinect classic sequel.

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Even the youngest ones can stand in front of the screen and wave their arms at waves of fruit. Get some competitive spirit going between family members as you see who can slice and dice the most pears, strawberries, and pineapples in the shortest time -- while throwing some cardio into the evening!

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Minecraft Xbox One Edition

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The popularity of this game just never seems to fade, with the title landing on nearly every single platform out there in one version or another. The graphics are incredibly simplistic and there's not much in the way of combat, so it's a good fit for the younger crowd.

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There's a lot going on beneath the surface however, with many mechanics to learn as a player figures out how to build things and craft objects. This can be an excellent learning experience for the kiddos and tons of fun for the parents to help out with as well.

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A ton of skin packs are also available so you can tailor the Minecraft experience to whatever your child prefers -- from Power Rangers to Star Wars to fantasy landscapes.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

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While the original Plants vs. Zombies game was a puzzle title, this action-packed spinoff is basically a kid's version of adult shooters like Call Of Duty. While there is some comic violence here, overall the game is much more on the cute and funny side that's appropriate for anyone 10+ or so.

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Rather than a soldier, Garden Warfare 2 puts the player in the role of a living sunflower trying to save the neighborhood from bumbling zombies who can't manage to do anything quite right. To tell if this scenario is right for your kids, check out some gameplay footage below.

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Skylanders Imaginators

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  • Release Date: October 16, 2016
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After the sad demise of Disney Infinity, the toys-to-life genre is less crowded these days -- with Skylanders stepping in to take the lead. Combining figurine collecting with digital gaming, Skylanders lets you buy new physical characters that can then be used in-game, as well as adding in the ability for players to create their own unique characters.

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LEGO Worlds

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  • Release Date: March 7, 2017
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If your kids loved the LEGO Movie (or just love playing with LEGOs), this sandbox title is essentially a LEGO-branded version of the Minecraft experience, letting your kid build whatever their imagination comes up with. They can also play randomized levels if they don't feel like building their own. 

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Yooka-Laylee

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  • Release Date: May 26, 2017
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For parents who have fond memories of playing brightly colored platformers like Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, or Spyro The Dragon, you'll be having a nostalgia trip watching your own children dive into the adorable Yooka-Laylee.

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There's no question that the gaming medium has evolved way past its origins as a pastime primarily for children. While most games these days are aimed at adults or teens, the little ones aren't entirely neglected -- as you'll see with these 10 games.

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There are plenty of titles released each year that specifically avoid objectionable content that might result in some awkward questions for parents who aren't quite ready for those kinds of conversations just yet.

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Here we are rounding up some of the best Xbox One games available in 2017 that are family-friendly but don't lose any of the fun factor.

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Sadly, the Kinect bombed on this console iteration and the promise of a healthy lineup of improved motion games wasn't delivered on, so there's not a lot left in the way of games that make your kids get up and move while playing.

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Only a handful of Kinect Xbox One games were released, and we'll cover two of them here that are still fun for the little ones. But for the most part these will be more traditional on-the-couch games mostly free of violence or any sort of adult situations.

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LEGO Worlds Cheat Guide: Code to Unlock All Bricks https://www.gameskinny.com/g9v8q/lego-worlds-cheat-guide-code-to-unlock-all-bricks https://www.gameskinny.com/g9v8q/lego-worlds-cheat-guide-code-to-unlock-all-bricks Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:04:53 -0400 Autumn Fish

If you read my review for LEGO Worlds, you'll know one of my biggest criticisms is the lack of a proper Creative Mode. The game forces players to not only collect 100 Golden Bricks, but also hunt down all of the bricks they'll be using for building in order to flesh out their creative options as a Master Builder.

Lucky for PC players, however, there is a cheat code you can enter to unlock all of the bricks in the game and blast open the doors to your creative potential. Note that you must finish the tutorial -- gather 10 Gold Bricks on the first 3 worlds -- before entering the Bricks Code.

How to Enter the Cheat Code for LEGO Worlds

Once you've fnished the tutorial, navigate back to the main menu and load up your save. Instead of starting the game, click on the Enter Code icon on the menu; it's the fourth one from the left and it looks like .

LEGO Worlds Guide Unlock All Bricks Cheat Where How to Enter Code Button

Type the following cheat code into the text box that appears:

BR1CK5

Thankfully the code is easy to remember. All you have to do is spell out the word Bricks in all caps, replacing the letters "i" and "s" with the numbers "1" and "5" respectively.

Keep in mind that entering this code only unlocks building bricks.

You still have to find all of the Discoveries, Paints, Gold Bricks, Biomes, and everything else yourself. That doesn't exactly make it a true creative mode, but at least it's a start.

Note that the console versions of LEGO Worlds currently cannot take advantage of this creative mode cheat, so players on these platforms unfortunately have to grind out all the bricks on their own.

However, it's entirely possible that the development team at TT Games will patch it in, so if you're a console player reading this in the future, the code is still worth a shot. If it ever works for you, shoot us a comment and we'll be sure to update this guide.

Finally -- no more grinding Troublemakers for their bricks. You know we aren't fond of it, but what do you think of the lack of a proper creative mode? Sound off in the comments below!

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Review: LEGO Worlds Fails to Deliver on a Brilliant Idea https://www.gameskinny.com/umv0h/review-lego-worlds-fails-to-deliver-on-a-brilliant-idea https://www.gameskinny.com/umv0h/review-lego-worlds-fails-to-deliver-on-a-brilliant-idea Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:44:17 -0400 Autumn Fish

Allow me to kick off this review by first saying that LEGO Worlds has the potential to be the best LEGO game I've ever played. TT Games did a pretty nice job with taking the joy of our favorite childhood building bricks and translating that into a virtual landscape. The possibilities are staggering with the insane amount of bricks, character skins, and themed assets at your disposal.

With that out of the way, however, LEGO Worlds feels like it should still be in Early Access. Beyond a vast array of technical issues that I ran into during my playtime on the PS4, I felt that a little more TLC could have been put into the world generation and overall pacing of the game, among other things.

While it saddens me to see it released in such an unpolished state, the potential is definitely here. I believe this game could go far if the developers continue to iron out its issues and work towards fully fleshing out its existing content. 

Now, I could prattle on about how disorienting all of these mixed feelings are, or I could let the gameplay speak for itself. 

LEGO Worlds Review How it Fails to Deliver on a Brilliant Idea Preview Impressions

What is LEGO Worlds, anyway?

Imagine a game of dollhouse where you play as a Master Builder on a pre-made little world of LEGOs. And you can build or rebuild with the bricks however you like. Now imagine if neither you nor your family had to go through countless hours of set-up to pull it off. From here, just mix in a never-ending supply of bricks, alongside some semblance of progression, and you essentially have LEGO Worlds.

The game begins with your spaceship falling apart and crash landing into the nearest blocky mass of bricks, making a rather nice-sized crater. To fix it up, the game requires you to hunt down an elusive treasure called Gold Bricks. You'll need 3 to get off the island, 10 to get out of the tutorial, and 100 in total to unlock all world types and permanent equipment available.

LEGO Worlds fails to deliver on a brilliant idea world generation review

World Generation

There are no world generation options to speak of until you collect 100 Gold Bricks. Heck, you're stuck with exploring single-biome small-sized worlds until you amass 25 bricks. Even after you unlock Medium worlds, spawning one from the Random World Generation button is entirely a matter of luck.

Points of interest like castles, beanstalks, and towns don't do enough for any world to forgive all of the shortcomings of its procedural generation.

Even if you can live with the early absence of generation options, it's worth noting that the procedural generation overall is really sub-par. The lay of the land always felt familiar to me, no matter how many worlds I visited. I never felt that feeling of awe that you get when you load into a fresh Minecraft save and discover a really radical cliff face that no one else has likely seen before. Points of interest like castles, beanstalks, and towns don't do enough for any world to forgive all of the shortcomings of its procedural generation.

Unfortunately, the repetitive world generation goes hand-in-hand with a sheer lack of variety in quests. I started seeing repeats before I was even a dozen hours in. I understand that quests get heavily reused in randomly generated games like this, but I ran into the issue far too soon and too often to continue to suspend my disbelief.

I felt like my retention was artificially padded -- where it seemed like I was constantly discovering new things, but only because they lock off entire biomes and other important map features until you collect a number of Gold Bricks. For example, cities only start spawning on Medium worlds, but there are a few extra town variations that only show up after you've unlocked larger worlds.

Now don't get me wrong, TT Games did a great job making sure every type of city and biome feels distinct and truly unique. However, they simply don't spawn in enough interesting ways to make each biome or type of city worth visiting more than a handful of times. The charm just dies out after the first visit.

LEGO Worlds Review Gameplay World Quest Generation How it Fails to Deliver on a Brilliant Idea

Creative Toolkit

Considering LEGO Worlds is essentially a sandbox game, you may decide that its poor ability to build itself doesn't matter all that much when you can just rebuild it. If so, hats off to you. But it pays to be aware of how the creative tools work so you know how big of a time investment you're looking at for getting all the bricks you want for your mega-build.

Discovery Tool

The first thing you're introduced to is the Discovery Tool. This simple device can essentially scan objects, vehicles, creatures, and characters found throughout the world for use in your own projects. I love this tool because it really augments the experience of exploration. If you find something new, you can scan it and essentially never live without it again.

This is fantastic because anything that's not made out of bricks can be scanned. If you found an awesome airplane, you can scan it and use it on all of your future expeditions. If you find a character you really like the look of, you can scan them and wear their skins. As a bonus, the more character skins you have unlocked, the better the character randomization button gets.

Landscape Tool

Once you discover your way off the first island, you'll find yourself in a volcanic region with nothing but a brand new Landscape Tool to get by. With this nifty gadget, you can Flatten, Smooth, Raise or Lower, Add or Remove, and Replace the bricks that make up the landscape. It's simple in concept, yet as powerful as your favorite creative mods for Minecraft.

LEGO Worlds Review how it fails to deliver on a brilliant idea discovery landscape build tool

Build Tool

After landscaping your way off the second map, you're introduced to the Build Tool. With this equipped, you can use LEGO bricks to build whatever structures you like. If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is.

Even after dozens of hours, I've only unlocked around 33% of the available bricks in LEGO Worlds.

From the start, you only have access to a small handful of brick shapes. To unlock more brick shapes, you must chase down little green monsters called Troublemakers or luck out when opening a treasure chest. Even after dozens of hours, I've only unlocked around 33% of the available bricks in LEGO Worlds. That is an insane and frankly unnecessary amount of padding, especially when we're stuck without a creative mode. (PC players can, however, enter a code to unlock all the bricks.)

Paint Tool

Next up you'll find the Paint Tool, which allows the player to replace the color or material of any brick. With this, you could paint a brown barn red or the green grass into red hot lava. This is another simple yet powerful tool normally only found in mods for these sorts of sandbox games.

Copy Tool

Finally, the game drops you the Copy Tool for your convenience. This tool, as you might guess, allows you to copy anything in the world and paste it anywhere. You can even save the copied segment as a blueprint to place later with the Discovery Tool.

Free Build

After collecting all of the tools, you get your hands on Free Build mode, which is essentially a place where you can access all of your tools without needing to go back through the fiddly menu.

LEGO Worlds review creative tools and technical issues how it fails to deliver on a brilliant idea

Technical Issues

Speaking of fiddly menus, little is more frustrating in this game than the controls. The interact button has surprising inconsistencies, the menus are too difficult to reach, and combat is absolutely horrid. Even coming from a grizzled Dark Souls background, every death I experienced felt unfair and somewhat unavoidable. It seemed like the only way to avoid taking damage while simultaneously dealing it was to stun-lock an enemy -- and even that felt inconsistent.

On top of poor controls sits a plethora of technical problems that make LEGO Worlds feel like it's still in beta rather than a full release state. I've landed on at least 3 worlds that didn't generate properly. One of them had chunks of bricks that were straight up missing, which was easily discernable thanks to floating objects and misaligned quest objectives. The other two worlds were missing a quest, and an entire city was nowhere to be found at green and blue beacons respectively. (And yes, for those wondering, I excavating the ground where the city should have been to come up with no results.)

I've also encountered a number of bugs dealing with the player character. For example, my character often wanted to default to the Discovery Tool after interacting with something like the spaceship, a treasure chest, or even an NPC. One time it bugged out to the point of being unable to place anything with the Discovery Tool until I rebooted the game.

Another time I managed to get myself stuck by trying to interact with too many things at once. Another reboot was required to be able to move my character again. Finally, I did experience one bizarre crash while taking off in my spaceship to visit another world. Oddly, I noticed that the character skin was changed upon loading back in after the crash.

None of these technical issues would really bother me on their own, but they happened so frequently that it really disrupted my groove. I can only imagine the level of grief this would cause should you crash or freeze in the middle of working on a massive project.

LEGO Worlds Overview Review Verdict Technical Issues How it Failed to Deliver on a Brilliant Idea

Verdict

I want to reiterate that I actually really like this game. LEGO Worlds has heaps of potential and TT Games has a really solid vision. If they continue to work on and improve this title, it could easily contend with the top 3D sandbox games on the market.

If you have a rig bulky enough to handle it, I highly suggest picking up LEGO Worlds on Windows PC as opposed to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch consoles. The exclusive creative mode code combined with always being up to date on the latest patches easily makes it the superior platform for experiencing this game.

If LEGO has anything over Minecraft, it's that the world isn't confined to blocky square shapes. If you can get past the padded out progression and the current lack of depth in world generation options, you're looking at a true gem that most modern-day creative sandboxes can't even compare to.

Note: Review copy provided by the publisher.

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LEGO Worlds Beginner's Guide: 4 Essential Tips to Help You Get By https://www.gameskinny.com/ezset/lego-worlds-beginners-guide-4-essential-tips-to-help-you-get-by https://www.gameskinny.com/ezset/lego-worlds-beginners-guide-4-essential-tips-to-help-you-get-by Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:53:34 -0400 Autumn Fish

So you load up your brand new copy of LEGO Worlds, thrilled to dive into a fully-realized sandbox game in the style of our favorite childhood building blocks. You make a new save, choose whether you're an Astronaut or an Intergalactic Girl, and crash land on the nearest pirate island to discover that you have nothing.

That's right -- you must tirelessly climb your way out of the deep end to find and unlock all of the brick shapes and available assets (character skins, creatures, vehicles, and set pieces). It's definitely achievable if you put in the time, but it certainly expedites the process to know what the game's trying to tell you when it says "Cannot Discover/Quest Not Found" on an aggressive Skeleton or when it gives you a plethora of colorful yet ill-explained markers to shift through on your map.

Here's all the essential information you need to know to get a feel for the world you're in and make it your own.

How to Use the Discovery Tool in LEGO Worlds

The Discovery Tool is a powerful artifact that you receive at the beginning of the game. Its sole function is to copy assets found around the world for use anytime. If you scan a Campfire with this Discovery Tool, for example, you can spend a small sum of studs and unlock the ability to place as many as you like at any time.

LEGO Worlds Beginner's Guide 4 Essential Tips and Tricks to Help You Get By Discovery Tool

Whenever you find yourself in a new biome -- indicated by the narrator and an on-screen pop-up -- it's an excellent idea to pull out the Discovery Tool and take some time exploring. To help you along, anything that hasn't been discovered yet will flash white as soon as it enters your field of view.

Monsters, NPCs, and certain creatures are governed by a different set of rules.

You can discover them, but you must complete a quest or task first. Here's how it breaks down for each type:

  • Monsters: Must be knocked out before they can be discovered.
  • Villagers: Must complete a quest for an NPC to scan them with the Discovery Tool. 
    • You can used parts of scanned NPCs and humanoid monsters for your own character -- and some will offer special effects. Fashionistas will not want to pass up these scans.
  • Critters: Must befriend them first by giving them something they desire.
    •  Some aggressive animals, like lions, won't show you what they desire until you knock them out cold.

With all this in mind, you'll complete the entries in your Discovery Tool in no time.

Map Markers, Beacons, and What They Mean

Unfortunately for the average user, LEGO Worlds does not come with a map legend, despite having a bunch of icons and colorful beacons. Luckily for you, I've got it all laid out here. Prepare to be amazed as you find out that there are indeed both yellow and gold beacons.

Gold Beacons

These are treasure chests. When you get close enough to the beacon, you should even see a chest icon on your mini-map. It's up to you to figure out how far above ground or underground they may be.

Green Beacons

These are questing areas. Aside from the procedurally generated field quests, each map has a number of points where you can go for a guaranteed quest.

Pink Beacons

These are zones that you've visited and completed to some degree. Completed Green Beacon quests turn into Pink Beacons, as well as any Cities you've visited. Pink Beacons can also be manually placed.

Light Blue Beacons

These represent the traveling trader. It's a good idea to pay her a visit whenever she's floating around in her hot air balloon. Sometimes she'll sell Gold Bricks or items you may need for a nearby quest.

Blue Beacons

These represent towns and villages. Here you'll find plenty of opportunities for Gold Bricks, civilians with their own slew of requests, and a bounty for your Discovery Tool. The larger the map, the grander the town. Note that towns only start appearing on Medium worlds.

Red Beacons

These represent dungeons. Here you'll find a noteworthy challenge guarding some enticing treasure chests. Dungeons only begin showing up on Large worlds.

Yellow Beacons

These are "points of interest", such as a beanstalk. You might be confused upon arrival at a Yellow Beacon. If you mistake it for the same color as a Gold one, you might flat out believe the game is pulling your leg -- there's nothing there. Look closer, however, and you'll see exactly what it's pointing to.

Note: At the time of writing, world generation isn't perfect. Sometimes beacons spawn that seem to lead to nothing. Specifically, I've found some Green and Blue Beacons to be strangely devoid of quest givers and cities respectively. I may just be looking in the wrong places, but it's something to keep in mind.

LEGO Worlds Beginner's Guide 4 Essential Tips and Tricks to Help You Get By Bricks and Blueprints Map Markers

How to Fill Out Your Bricks and Blueprints

Bricks and Blueprints are similar in that neither of them can be scanned with the Discovery Tool to learn their use. Rather, they must be found from Troublemakers, in treasure chests, or from quests.

Troublemakers are going to be your main source of bricks.

The other two methods of acquiring them are truly just supplemental to wasting time waiting for these little green monsters to spawn. Really, if you just stand still for awhile, you're bound to see or hear one spawn around you before long. 

Bricks and blueprints are both rare loot in treasure chests. 

This isn't the most reliable method of filling out your collection, but it doesn't hurt to chase them down for the chance of running into Troublemakers and quests along the way. You'll also find Gold Bricks and a variety of equipment in these chests, so that's a bonus!

Some quests will also reward you with blueprints.

When they're not holding a Gold Brick or another miscellaneous item, there's a chance that quest-givers will reward you with a biome-related blueprint upon completion. Just focus on what you can easily complete. Don't go out of your way to complete a quest, especially when the reward is so uncertain.

LEGO Worlds Beginner's Guide 4 Essential Tips to Help You Get By Seek Out New Biomes

Actively Seek Out New Biomes

After spending enough time in a biome, it becomes exhausted. Returning to a biome yields a high number of repeat quests, with far less stellar rewards than before, very few opportunities for new discoveries, and a strange deficiency of Gold Bricks.

Certainly returning to biomes can be beneficial -- particularly in larger map sizes once those are unlocked. There's bound to be some things that you missed, but it's uncanny how much stuff truly gets reused in each biome. Because of that, it's ultimately easier on your progression to spend a fair bit of time discovering all you can in every biome before eventually moving on to the next.

Running out of places to find Gold Bricks is a commonly reported issue among players approaching the 100 mark. Apparently, the game gradually gives you fewer sources for them as you eventually deplete the supply you can buy from the trader or find from Troublemakers and treasure chests.

Bouncing to biomes you've never seen before is the best way to blast open your chances at finding more when your supplies run low. For more information on collecting these coveted treasures, check out our Gold Bricks Guide.

Keeping these tips in mind will take you far in LEGO Worlds. If you couldn't find the guidance you were looking for, consider leaving us a comment down below. We're happy to help!

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LEGO Worlds Guide - How to Earn Gold Bricks Quickly and Efficiently https://www.gameskinny.com/h5pue/lego-worlds-guide-how-to-earn-gold-bricks-quickly-and-efficiently https://www.gameskinny.com/h5pue/lego-worlds-guide-how-to-earn-gold-bricks-quickly-and-efficiently Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:37:37 -0400 Autumn Fish

Welcome to LEGO Worlds, a sandbox adventure game in the same vein as Minecraft where you can go anywhere and build anything -- but only after you collect an inordinate amount of Gold Bricks and other block types first.

Luckily, there are a number of ways to find enough to power your spaceship. After the tutorial, you're free to earn them in whatever way you like. There's a catch, though; they are no longer clearly marked on your map as they were before. Now you must brave the unknown and discover them on your own.

Gold Bricks - LEGO Worlds Walkthrough

Since every world beyond the first three is randomly generated, we can't just point you in the right direction and set you loose. Oh no, you'll ultimately have to find them on your own. However, we can guide you along the right path.

LEGO Worlds Guide How to Earn Gold Bricks Quests Walkthrough

There are a few ways to go about collecting Gold Bricks. The first and most intuitive way is to run around a map completing quests. Quests sometimes award you with other things like blueprints for your Discovery Tool, but they're still an excellent source for bricks.

The best way to find quests is to follow the green markers on your map when you land. Some quests won't show up under a green marker, but all of the important ones will. If you reach a marker and don't see anything, remember that your objective may be underground. Completing a quest or quest-chain turns the green marker purple.

Sometimes you'll run into a situation where you don't have an item or blueprint needed to proceed. In that case, make a mental note of what they're looking for and move on. Sometimes you'll find what you need in the same world, other times you won't. If you ever find yourself in possession of the blueprints or items needed to finish, return to the quest-giver for your prize.

LEGO Worlds Guide How to Earn Gold Bricks Treasure Chests Walkthrough

The next best source of Gold Bricks is the old-fashioned treasure chest. These are marked as yellow dots on your map. Many of them are hidden in caverns deep underground, though, so the dots won't always feel accurate if you're searching on the surface. Alongside your coveted upgrade bricks, chests also cough up unique items, blueprints, and new block types.

Make full use of the Landscape Tool to find and reach treasure chests. Just beware that the flatten function will destroy all blocks above the plane you're trying to flatten. If you're in a cave, this means a gaping hole in the ceiling. Good luck fixing that.

Finally, you can fill out your collection by chasing down Troublemakers. These little green monsters are more prominently sought out by those of us still filling out their collection of LEGO bricks and blocks. However, they also have a chance of picking up and running off with Gold Bricks.

LEGO Worlds Guide How to Earn Gold Bricks Chasing Troublemakers Walkthrough

You should be chasing Troublemakers regardless of what they're holding, but it's nice to know you can really plump out your collection by being observant and cunning in your chase.

If you're having issues catching up to the Troublemakers, try running around their sides to guide their movements. You can run the little bugger into walls, cornering them and snagging the brick all for yourself.

If you find yourself running out of quests and treasure chests on a map -- or are simply itching for a change of scenery -- then don't hesitate to pack up and move on to another world. You can generate and explore as many as you want, which means there's always more Gold Bricks to find. Don't waste a second more on a planet once boredom sets in. B-line it for your spaceship, chase down any Troublemakers you encounter, and jet.

How's your Gold Brick collection coming along in LEGO Worlds? Sound off with your questions and comments down below!

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Top 25 video games coming in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dfwy2/top-25-video-games-coming-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dfwy2/top-25-video-games-coming-in-2016 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:56:28 -0500 Damien Smith

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These are just 25 of the many great games that scheduled for release in 2016. What titles are you excited about on this list? What other titles are you looking forward to playing in 2016? Let your thoughts out in the comments below!

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All information sourced from each game's Wikipedia page. Any that were not have the information source provided on the slide.

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Homefront: The Revolution

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Release Date: Q1/Q2 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One

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Homefront: The Revolution is the sequel to FPS Homefront, released in 2012. The game will take place two years after the events of Homefront, and set in Philidelphia. Players will take on the role of Ethan "Birdy" Brady, as he stages a resistance movement against the army of a Korean invasion.

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The game will be open world, allowing players to explore Philidelphia where they can wage guerrilla warfare to ambush, infiltrate and use hit and run tactics against their foe. Players will be able to build a resistance group by recruiting revolutionaries, making bases and safehouses, capturing and customising improvised weapons.

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Despite the very much unstable development of the game and changing hands, it seems to now be well on its way to becoming a promising title. If the developers deliver on everything promised with this title, it could be something special. If you are looking for an FPS with bold and ambitious ideas and with a bit of difference, Homefront: The Revolution may be worth trying out in early 2016.

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Information Source: IGN

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Gears of War 4

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Release Date: Q4 2016

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Platforms: Xbox One

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The fourth installment into the Gears of War series. Information is currently scarce on the title with the gameplay trailer not giving much into the game. In an interview with IGN in August, Rod Fergusson from The Coalition stated that he wants the game to invoke something a bit darker, more intriguing and a bit scary.

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The story will feature younger, less battle-hardened protagonists JD and Kait. The game appears to be aiming for a more co-operative experience, where Fergusson says, "“Rather than follow those games (Gears 1-3), I’d rather lead by being true to what makes Gears, Gears. That’s why we’re going back to co-op, the two of you sharing that experience".

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This new direction of the Gears of War series is certainly interesting and exciting. It is bringing something new and slightly different to what I felt was becoming rather stale. It's certainly a title to keep a very close eye on up to its release at the end of 2016.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Release Date: December 2016

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Platforms: PC

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The sequel to the 2014 RPG title Divinity: Original Sin, winner of over 150 Game of the Year awards and nominations. The game will take place generations are the events of the original, where a Bishop Alexander the Innocent has declared all sourcerers to be criminals. The player takes on the role of one such sourcerer and must travel the lands in search of a way to defeat Alexander while avoiding those hunting them for the bounty on their head.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is looking to improve on everything from that of the original. Improvements include new types of elemental interactions, new dialog system, new crafting system, skill crafting, new tactical opportunities and challenges, more skill schools, talents, abilities, spells, the list just goes on.

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This title is looking to be a pure example of the meaning of what making a sequel truly is and has the potential to being 2016 RPG of the year, only rivaled by Tides of Numenera so far. Larian Studios are certainly ambitious with this title, perhaps more so than any other. Expectations are high, but they always have been with Larian, and every time they have delivered and I reckon they can once again.

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Image and Information Source: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter

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Routine

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Release Date: 2016

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Platforms: PC

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Routine is a survival horror game played in first person perspective. The game takes place on an abandoned moon base in an 80s vision future called the Lunar Research Station. The entire crew has gone missing, and the player's objective is to find information on what happened to them.

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Just because the station crew is missing, however, does not mean that the player is alone. There are dangers in the base which the player must avoid to the best of their capabilities. The environments procedurally generate each time you play the game, and it contains a roguelike permadeath feature where if the player dies they have to start over.

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The developers have certainly focused on the horror elements of the game making the UI and equipment elements to a minimum. The player has a CAT - Cosmonaut Assistant Tool at their disposal, a repair device. The CAT can be upgraded using floppy disks found around the base and has the potential to be a weapon in certain cases.

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Routine is looking to be an impressive title with spectacular looking graphics and environments. There is little further information about the game at present, but it is going to be interesting to see what the game is going to offer upon release. It is certainly one to keep an eye on for updates throughout the year.

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Information Source: Giant Bomb and Game Pressure

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Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

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Release Date: NA: March 24th, 2016, EU: March 26th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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A reboot to the 2008 action adventure platformer Mirror's Edge. The game will revolve around Faith's origin and attempt to overthrow a totalitarian conglomerate of corporations who rule the city of Glass. Like in Mirror's Edge, players will traverse the city using parkour movements to complete missions, evade enemies or knock them off their feet.

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Unlike in the original, the game will be open world allowing players to take multiple paths to reach an objective as oppose to the levels linear paths of Mirror's Edge. The game will feature side activities such as time trials, races, and environmental puzzles, with the developer DICE promising there will be no loading times in the final product.

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The combat system has been overhauled, and the player will no longer be able to use firearms like that the original, focusing more on the parkour movements and melee combat of the game. 

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Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is looking to take everything from the original and completely overhaul it and improve it creating a more flexible and open gameplay for the players. It is being developed using DICE's Frostbite 3 engine (Star Wars Battlefront) and looks beautiful. If you were a fan of the original, you are sure to love this reboot.

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Dishonored 2

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Release Date: Q2 2016

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Platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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The sequel to the excellent 2012 action-adventure stealth game Dishonored. The game takes place fifteen years after the events of The Dunwall Plague, where the empire has turned into chaos after Empress Emily Kladwin becomes dethroned and an outlaw of society.

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After playing the prologue as Emily Kladwin, players will be given the choice of playing the game as either Emily or Corvo the protagonist from the previous game. The characters will play the same missions, but each will have different perspectives, react and execute them differently.

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There will be more abilities and an enhanced upgrade system in the sequel compared to that of the original such as Shadow Walk and Far Reach. The developers have confirmed that the difficulty of the game will be higher than Dishonored. Players will be able to play the game either taking a more hostile approach to dealing with situations or stealthy approach where they don't kill. The developers announced there to be a third path but not in detail.

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Dishonored 2 is being developed using the Void engine that is based on the id Tech 6 game engine (DOOM). You can be sure that the games graphics are going to be fantastic and with new abilities and upgrades it is sure to be just as much fun if not more so than that of the original.

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Image Source: Keen Gamer

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Total War: Warhammer

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Release Date: April 28th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux

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The Creative Assembly take a new approach to the Total War series with the introduction of Warhammer. Total War: Warhammer is to be the first installment of a planned trilogy of Warhammer games. The game will feature all of the general characteristics of Total War such as city building, diplomacy, unit building and real time battles.

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The game will feature a total of four factions, the Empire (Humans), Greenskins (Orcs, Trolls, etc.), Dwarfs and Vampire Counts. Each faction will have their unique units and agents. Flying units also are being introduced into the game such as dragons.

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There will be a quest mode that will feature famous battles from Warhammer lore such as The Battle of Blackfire Pass where players will be given tasks and battles to complete to unlock new items and abilities.

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Total War: Warhammer is sure to be a hit with all Total War and Warhammer fans. The graphics look fantastic, the battles enormous and thrillings. It brings in everything that makes Total War significant and joins it with Warhammer universe. 

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Hitman

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Release Date: March 11th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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The sixth installment in the Hitman series. Like some other titles on this list, it was to be released in 2015 but has since been delayed to March 11th, 2016. Players take on the roles of Agent 47, a highly trained assassin who travels the world to assassinate his target.

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The game encourages creativity as the player's target can be assassinated in a manner of different ways such as using a sniper rifle from far away, explosives or using melee weapons. Player's will be able to cause distractions to get around security and even disguise the assassinations as accidents.

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Levels will be of similar design to that of Blood Money where they are small sandboxes that the player can move around and tackle as they see fit. The levels for Hitman are six to seven times bigger than the largest maps of Absolution. Contracts mode and Instincts Mode also are returning which were also in Absolution. 

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Hitman is looking to be a fantastic addition to the series with quality graphics, improved enemy AI, bigger maps and allowing better creativity for the player. 

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Outlast 2

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Release Date: Fall 2016

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Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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On October 12th, 2014 Red Barrels co-founder, Philippe Morin confirmed that Outlast 2 was in development. A teaser trailer was released by Red Barrels on October 29th, 2015. Philippe Morin has said that the sequel is a survival horror game set in the same universe as the original and will contain different characters and locations.

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Red Barrels created one of the scariest games in recent years with the original Outlast and its DLC Whistleblower. Expectations are high and creating a sequel of equal or greater quality will be no small feat. It is going to be interesting to see if Red Barrels can pull it off.

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Day of the Tentacle Remastered

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Release Date: Q1 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4 and PS Vita

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A remaster of not only one of the best graphical adventures of all time but one of the best games of all time. Day of the Tentacle makes a return with all new hand-drawn artwork, remastered sound, optional modern UI and the original Maniac Mansion.

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The remaster includes bonus commentary from Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian. Day of the Tentacle is renown for its beautiful cartoonish art style, comedy and voice acting.

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After the success of this year's Grim Fandango remaster, it comes as no surprise to see Day of the Tentacle get one too and Schafer is also planning for a remaster of Full Throttle too sometime in the future. Day of the Tentacle remastered will certainly be a great title to get your 2016 nostalgia going.

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Mass Effect Andromeda

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Release Date: Q4 2016

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

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Currently little is known about Mass Effect Andromeda. At present all that is known is that is takes place many years after Mass Effect 3 and is set in the Andromeda galaxy. It will see the return of the six-wheeler vehicle, Mako and that there will also be a multiplayer component.

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Judging from the trailer, it would seem that players will have jet packs available to them in this installment of the game. Bioware says that the game will contain "exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action."

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Despite players beliefs on how the trilogy ended the Mass Effect series were never the less fantastic and notable titles in the last generation. Even with Bioware keeping everything quiet about Mass Effect Andromeda, I am confident that they will deliver as they have with so many other titles. It is easily one of the most anticipated titles coming next year alongside Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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Shadow Warrior 2

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Release Date: 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PS4

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Lo Wang makes a return in 2016 with Shadow Warrior 2, the sequel to the 2013 reboot of 3D Realms, 1997 Shadow Warrior. The game is set five years after the events of the first game and this time Lo Wang is bringing some friends with him. Players will be able to play in either Single Player mode or up to four player co-op.

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The levels are going to be more open than the previous title. Players will also be able to revisit past played missions to upgrade their weapons and skills. The game will have new traversal mechanics such as wall climbing and double jumping which will increase the ability to explore the levels.

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All missions except that of story-related have procedurally generated level design and content, including buildings, enemy positioning, terrain and weather conditions. It is going to feature over seventy weapons in total including firearms and blades.

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Shadow Warrior 2 is looking to be another excellent and exciting addition to the series. With fast paced action, hilarious one-liners, tons of weapons, co-op and procedurally generated levels, this is promising to be an epic old-school style FPS game.

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Friday the 13th The Game

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Release Date: October 2016

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

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Have you ever wanted to take on the role of slasher legend Jason Voorhees? Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of one of Jason's victims attempting to escape the ultimate predator? Well, as of October 2016 you can, in the official Friday the 13th video game.

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Players will be pitted into 7V1 matches either playing as Jason or as one of the counselors. As Jason, the player will have to hunt down and kill each of the counselors one by one. Upon confronting a counselor, the player will be able to kill them in a variety of famous trademark Jason killings from the films, the head crush as one example.

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As a counselor, players must work together with the rest of the team to survive and is possible in two different ways. Players will either be able to escape by reaching a vehicle or by killing the great Jason. Killing Jason however, will be far from an easy task. Counselors will also have a fear system that will affect the gameplay depending on fear levels.

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It is going to be interesting to see how this title turns out, but it is certainly looking to be entertaining in a gruesome slasher kind of way. The game is bound to interest fans of the films along with any gore fans, as this game is sure to have plenty of spectacular kills.

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Image and Information Source: Friday the 13th Kickstarter

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Release Date: March 18th, 2016

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Platforms: PS4

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The fourth and final installment in the Uncharted series and the last game to feature Nathan Drake. Uncharted 4 will take place three years after the events of Uncharted 3. Nathan Drake has retired as a fortune hunter and settled into an ordinary life with his wife, Elena Fisher. That is until his older brother Sam, long believed dead suddenly appears.

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Sam looks for Nathan's help in pursuing a conspiracy behind a long-lost pirate colony and it's fabled treasure. Nathan sets out embarking on his final action packed adventure starting by seeking out his brother.

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Uncharted 4 is from the trailers shown, looking gorgeous, fun, entertaining and has the potential of being the best in the series. It is certainly looking to be a promising game to end the series.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

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Release Date: 2016

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Platform: PC, Mac and Linux

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Torment: Tides of Numenera is the spiritual successor to the 1999 cult classic RPG title Planescape: Torment, which contains one of the best storylines ever in a video game. Like Planescape: TormentTides of Numenera, will be primarily story driven giving greater emphasis to the interaction of the world and characters, with combat and item accumulation being secondary.

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The game's played from a classic 2.5D isometric perspective. It will use the tabletop rules of Monte Cook's Numenera adapted as the game's rule mechanic. The player will take on the role of the Last Castoff, a human host that was once inhabited by a powerful being, but suddenly abandoned without memory of prior events.

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Players will be able to choose from three base character classes, Glaive (Warrior), Nano (Wizard) and Jack (Rogue). Players can further customise classes through some descriptors and foci, which allow characters to excel in certain forms of combat roles.

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Tides of Numenura is promising to be one of the deepest RPGs scheduled for release in 2016. If you are a fan of Planescape: Torment or any other classic Forgotten Realms game, Tides of Numenera is sure to satisfy your RPG needs.

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Ratchet & Clank

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Release Date: Q1/Q2 2016

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Platforms: PS4

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Ratchet & Clank is a reimagining of the 2002 PS2 title of the same name. It's based on the upcoming film by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment. Along with some other titles on this list, it was originally scheduled for release this year but has since been delayed until spring 2016 along with the film.

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Despite it being a reimagining of the first game, it will contain features from other entries in the series, such as strafing and the inclusion of weapons from after the first game. There will also be new weapons introduced into the game such as the Pixelizer, which turns enemies into 8-bit pixels.

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It is looking to be a promising game with absolutely beautiful graphics, containing a large variety of weapons and gadgets and it is sure to host a collection of colourful and entertaining characters. Insomniac Games are renown for making fun 3D platforming games, and this reimagining of Racket & Clank is bound to be no different. 

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Resident Evil Origins Collection

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Release Date: January 22nd, 2016

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Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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Did you miss or are yet to buy Resident Evil HD Remastered? If so Resident Evil Origins Collection may interest you. The pack contains both Resident Evil HD Remastered along with the upcoming Resident Evil Zero HD Remastered

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Both games keep their original stories and gameplay while adding HD graphics, 5.1 channel surround sound, optional modernized controls and widescreen TV compatibility. If you are looking to experience Resident Evil from the very beginning or looking to revisit, Resident Evil Origins Collection is going to be the perfect opportunity to do it.

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LEGO Worlds

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Release Date: 2016

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Platforms: PC

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Currently in Early Access, LEGO Worlds is planned for a full released sometime in 2016. Upon release, Minecraft was called the virtual LEGO. LEGO Worlds is essentially the LEGO version of Minecraft. After the success of Minecraft, it was only a certain amount of time before LEGO would create their own sandbox video game.

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Players receive rewards for collecting objects spread across the map with "Studs" the in-game currency.The players can then build using what they have encountered. They can then create their world using predefined structures or building their own from scratch using the brick-by-brick editor tool.

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Players can customise their characters appearance and outfits. A variety of vehicles such as helicopters and creatures are in the game and multiplayer. LEGO Worlds looks promising with colourful and beautiful graphics, plenty of content and the ability to build only limited by the imagination of the player. It is a game that will entertain for countless hours. If you are tired of playing Minecraft, Terraria or Starbound and want something different, LEGO Worlds, may be for you.

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Dark Souls 3

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Release Date: April 2016

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

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Souls fans are in for another treat in 2016 following the release of Bloodborne this year. The fourth installment in the Souls series, Dark Souls 3, is scheduled for released in April 2016. Just like the previous installments, Dark Souls 3 is going to be an action RPG played in a third person perspective. 

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According to the game's director Hidetaka Miyazaki, the gameplay design is going to follow closely to that of Dark Souls 2. New combat features for Dark Souls 3 includes "Ready Stance" that are special abilities that allow the player to deal much more damage to enemies than normal attacks.

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Small gravestones will light up when interacted with, serving as torches but also will provide additional lore to the game. Combat is being made faster and more fluid than in Dark Souls 2. Several player movements such as backstepping and swinging heavy weapons are more rapid.

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The game will feature fewer maps than that of the previous game, but they will be interconnected and larger to encourage exploration. Dark Souls 3 is looking to be another great Souls game with improved gameplay; character developed, additional features and it looks just gorgeous.

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We Happy Few

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Release Date: June 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One

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A blend of inspiration from the Bioshock series and 1960's England, We Happy Few is a procedurally generated first-person survival game set in a dystopian 1960s alternate England, in the fictional town of Wellington Wells.

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The face-painted citizens of Wellington Wells are kept under control using a drug called Joy. The player takes the role of a "Downer", a person who refrains from taking Joy. The Downers are an underground resistance movement that are attempting to escape from Wellington Wells. 

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The town's citizens do not take kindly to "Downers" and players will have to act like they are high on Joy to blend in. They will have to scavenge for food and supplies as they try to survive and ultimately escape Wellington Wells.

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We Happy Few is looking to be an exciting and promising title. With an intriguing and colourful setting, crazy characters and beautiful graphics powered by the Unreal 4 engine there is not much to dislike. Without a doubt, it is one of the more unusual and unique titles so far scheduled for release in 2016.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Release Date: August 23rd, 2016

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Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is easily one of the most anticipated games scheduled for release in 2016. Originally scheduled for release in February 2016 but as of November 18th has been delayed until August 23rd, 2016.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will see the return of Adam Jenson, a mechanically augmented agent working for an international coalition against terrorist attacks, in 2029, Prague, two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After the Panchaea incident of Human Revolution, millions of augmented people mindlessly attacked so-called "naturals".

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Since, augmented people are being prosecuted globally. Jenson will have to deal with terrorist groups looking for augmented individuals to be treated equally along with shadowy interests behind the events of the past two years and who controls his organisation.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is looking to be a most promising addition to the Deus Ex series. The graphics look spectacular, the augmentations awesome and the storyline most interesting. Despite having to wait a further six months for its release, I see nothing but good come from it. If you haven't played Human Revolution, there is no better time to do so, in preparation for the release of Mankind Divided.

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Yooka-Laylee

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Release Date: October 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U

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Are you a fan of the Banjo-Kazooie games? If so, you are in for a treat in 2016. Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games. It is being developed by Playtonic Games, a group of several former personnel from Rare, the developers of Banjo-Kazooie.

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Players will take on the role of Yooka, a male chameleon and Laylee, a female bat. Yooka and Laylee will explore worlds contained within large magical books and collect golden pages known as "Pagies" which are a form of currency. The pages can be used to unlock new worlds or expand those already unlocked.

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The characters will be able to transform into various forms granting them various new abilities such as "sonar blast" and "tongue whipping". The game is to feature a collection of different colourful and imaginative characters including Trowzer a snake who wears pants and plenty of bosses.

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Yooka-Laylee certainly looks like it is going to be a beautiful, entertaining and fun game that will bring back childhood memories.

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XCOM 2

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Release Date: February 5th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

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After the tremendous success of the XCOM reboot in 2012 it was no surprise to hear a sequel was in development. Firaxis Games took XCOM and modernised it while keeping the essence of what it was to be an XCOM game. XCOM 2 is taking that and bringing the series into a new and interesting direction.

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XCOM 2 takes place twenty years after the events of the first game following the continuity of XCOM losing the war against the aliens. Players will once again take on the role of the commander in a new XCOM mobile base, the Avenger. The new base will be a UFO supply barge that's modified to XCOM base specification to fight against the aliens.

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Never before has an XCOM game taken this form of direction in its plot. It is going to be interesting to see how it plays out both in story and gameplay. Just like in the previous game, you will have to command squads on missions, research new technology and engineer new equipment and gadgets. Customization of your soldiers is also going to be possible with further customization from that of the original such as genders, nationalities and weapons.

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Doom

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Release Date: Q1/Q2 2016

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

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Fast paced action, violence, massive demons, big guns and plenty of gore. If that sounds appealing to you, then Doom may be what you are looking for in 2016. The reboot of the classic and iconic video game from 1993 is looking to be going back to the roots judging by the gameplay videos shown so far.

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If you have played any of the Doom series, you will already know the story. You play as a marine on the UAC Mars Base where scientists discover artificial symbols that bring demons from hell. Your job is to stop the invasion before the demons can reach Earth.

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Using the ID Tech 6 Engine, the graphics for Doom are looking extremely impressive, and the monster designs look fantastic. If you have a craving for an old-school style first person shooter, Doom is going to be a cure.

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Darkest Dungeon

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Release Date: January 19th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

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Darkest Dungeon has been one of the most promising and talked about video games to be part of the Steam Early Access Program. It is a dungeon crawler roguelike where the player inherits an old gothic mansion. The dungeons below have become infested with monsters and evil coming from within portals there. The player must close the portals and cleanse the dungeons of monsters before they take control of the mansion.

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To do this, the player must roster adventurers and heroes. On their adventures into the depths of these dungeons, the monsters, traps and horrors within begin to affect their minds. It affects the party members having psychological afflictions such as paranoia, fear or abusive behavior. Such afflictions each lead to various problems making it harder to survive.

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It is an interesting twist on the standard dungeon crawler roguelike style. It has a beautiful art style, disturbing enemies, great ideas and has showed promise throughout its entire time in Early Access. If you like hardcore RPGs or looking for a dungeon crawler with a difference, Darkest Dungeon might just be for you.

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Darkest Dungeon's release for PS4 and PS Vita is Q2 2016.

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Image Source: Darkest Dungeon Website

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With December closing in, we are getting close to saying goodbye to 2015, a great year for video games. We have been spoiled with such great titles, The Witcher 3, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V, and Fallout 4 just to name a few. 2016 is just on the horizon, and it is time to start getting hyped for the promising video games coming our way. So, without further ado, here are the top 25 video games coming in 2016.

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Lego Worlds' latest Early Access patch goes underwater, adds more features https://www.gameskinny.com/zr7rw/lego-worlds-latest-early-access-patch-goes-underwater-adds-more-features https://www.gameskinny.com/zr7rw/lego-worlds-latest-early-access-patch-goes-underwater-adds-more-features Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:59:48 -0400 Jessa Rittenhouse

The latest patch for LEGO Worlds - LEGO's answer to Minecraft - is about to get a huge update. Along with the typical fixes for glitches and bugs that come with patches to our favorite games, this patch introduces some new content that is sure to keep users coming back to explore Worlds even more.

The biggest news for this update is the new underwater content. Characters can explore the depths of the sea via submarine - or with a character that can breathe underwater (or that doesn't breathe at all). And, like all other places in Worlds, you can build beneath the waves, too.

For ease of exploration and better gameplay, the developers at TT Games are also including a zoomable map in this update, which gives the player the ability to add waypoints. The map can be turned off as well, for those who don't wish to use that feature.

With underwater exploration coming, what other new environments would you want to explore in future patches?

A new tracking camera mode will be added as well, along with a camera item that allows gamers to take snapshots of their favorite in-game creations to share with their friends.

The folks at TT Games are hesitant to offer a date for the release of this next Lego Worlds patch, but they insist it's coming "soon." The game is still in Early Access beta on Steam, so more content and improvements can likely be expected in patches to come.

For a complete list of the fixes and features to be added in this patch, check out the game's Steam page here.

Excited for the underwater content? What other environments would you like to see added to the game? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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List of everything useful you can find in LEGO Worlds https://www.gameskinny.com/ssdll/list-of-everything-useful-you-can-find-in-lego-worlds https://www.gameskinny.com/ssdll/list-of-everything-useful-you-can-find-in-lego-worlds Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:54:03 -0400 Tobbpitt

There's not a ton of content in LEGO Worlds yet, but there's definitely enough to have fun with -- and there's a good amount of stuff to find.

Some of the best fun I've had in LEGO Worlds outside of building has been exploring and finding new items and characters. I'm eagerly awaiting more content from TT Games, but until then there's still plenty of stuff to keep me interested. And if you're into sandboxes, there's probably enough to keep you going until the next content update as well.

For those of you who want to know what's out there but don't want to have to endlessly spawn new worlds to find out, I've compiled lists of all the characters, weapons, creatures, and vehicles currently in LEGO Worlds. Items that are meant to be used for building are not listed.

Characters

Characters are generally found in the biomes they're associated with. Pirates are found on beaches, the Farmer on farmland, the Climber in the mountains, and so on.

Generally characters aren't too hard to find, and some have special skills. Those with special skills are noted. Gender is noted with (M), (F), and (N/A).

Do note that any special skills a character has are not usable when creating your own character using their parts.

  • Boy (M)
  • Caveman (M)
  • Cavewoman (F)
  • Climber (M)
  • Cowboy (M) - Can summon a White Horse to ride.
  • Cowgirl (F) - Can summon a White Horse to ride.
  • Diver (M)
  • Explorer (M)
  • Farmer (M) - Can spawn a Goat to ride.
  • Fisherman (M)
  • Girl (F)
  • King (M)
  • Intergalactic Girl (F)
  • Motorcycle Mechanic (M)
  • Mummy (N/A)
  • Outlaw (M) - Can spawn a Black Horse to ride.
  • Paleontologist (F)
  • Pirate (M)
  • Pirate (F)
  • Police Officer (M)
  • Police Officer (F)
  • Robber (F)
  • Robber (F)
  • Scientist (F)
  • Skeleton (N/A)
  • Surfer Girl (F)
  • Vampire (M) - Can turn himself into a Bat.
  • Warlock (M) - Can shoot fireballs.
  • Warrior Woman (F)
  • Werewolf (M) - Has a longer jump than other characters.
  • Yeti (N/A)
  • Zombie (M)

Creatures

You can ride every creature you find in LEGO Worlds, but it's not possible to find them all out in the wild. Some must be spawned by certain characters (like the Outlaw and his trusty Black Horse), but most can be found during your adventures.

Like characters, creatures can be found in their related biomes.

Flying creatures
  • Dragon - This is the only creature with a special skill at the time of writing. The Dragon can shoot explosive fireballs that destroy any type of blocks.
  • Eagle
Land creatures
  • Bat - Only available as a Vampire transformation.
  • Bear
  • Black Horse - Can only be spawned by the Outlaw.
  • Black & White Bull
  • Black & White Cow
  • Brown Bull
  • Brown Cow
  • Brown Horse
  • Camel
  • Goat
  • Husky
  • Ostrich
  • Pig
  • Polar Bear
  • Sheep
  • White Horse - Can only be spawned by the Cowboy and Cowgirl.

Vehicles

You can ride vehicles just as you would creatures, though some vehicles have distinct advantages over creatures. Vehicles can be found randomly throughout a seed.

Land vehicles
  • Bicycle
  • Buggy - A car.
  • Cole's Earth Driller - Allows you to drill through blocks.
  • Creator Car
  • Creator Lawnmower - Has a mowing ability that lets you "cut the grass" and flatten terrain.
  • Hot Rod - A car.
  • Major Steel's Hot Rod - A car.
  • Motorcycle
  • Skateboard
  • Small Digger - Has a dig terrain ability that removes blocks in front of the Small Digger as you drive.
  • Steamroller - Has a road laying ability that flattens blocks and paves a road as you drive.
  • Tractor
Air vehicles
  • Helicopter
  • Small Plane
Water vehicles

Neither of these vehicles can submerge.

  • Dinghy
  • Small Submarine

Weapons

There aren't a ton of weapons in LEGO Worlds yet, but those that are in the game already are pretty fun. They can be found in chests scattered about in seeds.

  • Apple - Throws apples.
  • Banana - Throws bananas.
  • Bazooka - Explosive ranged weapon.
  • Binoculars - Cosmetic. The last weapon you used is still active, it just looks like binoculars.
  • Blunderbuss - Ranged weapon with recoil.
  • Bow & Arrow - Slow, low-damage ranged weapon.
  • Camera - Cosmetic. The last weapon you used is still active, it just looks like a camera.
  • Club - Melee weapon.
  • Cutlass - Melee weapon.
  • Dynamite - Explosive ranged weapon, but does less damage than the Bazooka.
  • Fish - Throws fish.
  • Ice Cream - Cosmetic. The last weapon you used is still active, it just looks like ice cream.
  • Pistol - Low-damage ranged weapon.
  • Rifle - Slow ranged weapon.
  • Shield - Can block attacks.
  • Sword - Melee weapon.
  • Telescope - Cosmetic. The last weapon you used is still active, it just looks like a telescope.
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LEGO Worlds - How to delete worlds and save data https://www.gameskinny.com/x3bko/lego-worlds-how-to-delete-worlds-and-save-data https://www.gameskinny.com/x3bko/lego-worlds-how-to-delete-worlds-and-save-data Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:42:14 -0400 Tobbpitt

If LEGO Worlds has been telling you a world with the name you've chosen already exists, you can check out the game's files and delete the offending world from the world list. You can also completely wipe your progress, should you so choose.

First you need to find your way to your game's roaming data. This can be found at the following location on most Windows distributions:

C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment\LEGOWorlds\SavedGames

Replace the YOUR USERNAME part of the above with the Windows account you have been using to play the game.

If you can't manually find the directory, simply copy the above and paste it in your file browser as seen below, change YOUR USERNAME to your Windows account name, then press Enter.

From here, go into the Slot1 folder and then the folder simply named a string of numbers. In my case, this string is 2766509057. I do not know if this number varies between players.

Once you've entered the 2766509057 folder, you should see a folder for each of the worlds you've created so far. To delete any worlds you don't want anymore, just delete the folder. It's that easy!

Deleting your entire save file

If you want to start entirely fresh, delete the entire Slot1 folder and launch the game.

It is also possible to cut the Slot1 folder, move it elsewhere, then launch the game and have it create a new one. This way you can have multiple save games for LEGO Worlds.

When/If you want to go back to the old save, just repeat the process with the newly created Slot1 folder and paste the old one in the SavedGames directory.

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LEGO Worlds - Early Access Review https://www.gameskinny.com/u2lt3/lego-worlds-early-access-review https://www.gameskinny.com/u2lt3/lego-worlds-early-access-review Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:09:39 -0400 Pip Simon

LEGO Worlds is a much-anticipated game that was recently released via Steam Early Access for $14.99. LEGO Worlds is an open-world game that allows the player to explore and build freely. 

Gameplay

You start the game in a randomly generated world, playing as either a Paleontologist or an Explorer. However, you can switch between these two characters at any given time. You have pre-made buildings at your disposal; as you explore, you can unlock vehicles, animals, and new characters.

Lego Worlds Village

Users play in a highly customizable world. Many of the game tools remind me a bit of the tools found in The Sims 3 and 4.  You can level terrain, build mountains and valleys in a snap. You can change the color and texture of the bricks as well. 

It's impossible to talk about LEGO Worlds without discussing the big free-building game on the block, Minecraft by Mojang. At face value, the resemblance is obvious. TT Games has created LEGO Worlds as a sandbox game, and everything within the world is interactive. As in Minecraft, LEGO Worlds has an emphasis on altering landscapes and building whatever that player wishes.

For all it's similarities though, LEGO Worlds is certainly its own experience. It places a larger emphasis on exploring, rather than surviving. Worlds builds off the gameplay and tools that are implemented in other Lego games. The characters move the same as they would in any other Lego game, being able to climb and swing about very freely, which is a limitation in Minecraft. LEGO Worlds also has a great emphasis on tools and vehicles; the game compels the player to explore, and it's easy to move around quickly on horses, goats, in cars, and lots of other forms of transportation.

Lego Worlds Generated World

Despite the shiny world that's been created as if something from one of my childhood dreams, this is an early access game, and it shows. As of right now there are no cut-scenes to welcome the player to the world of Lego. There are also no tutorials, which I sincerely hope will be added in the future. There are a vast number of tools in LEGO Worlds, so tutorials should definitely be released as the game's development concludes.

First Impressions

Playing LEGO Worlds is a lot like playing Minecraft with mods.

So I can only imagine how massive LEGO Worlds could become if users had the opportunity to add mods of their own. The graphics and visual style look absolutely stunning, though keep in mind that I have a color deficiency and ultimately had a difficult time seeing the depth of the world.

Given this issue the world itself looks a little cluttered, I will need to adjust the color settings to see if I can improve the quality of the game for myself. I am on the lookout for anyone else with similar issues for whether or not they have found a solution.

Lego Worlds Tools

I've also found it fairly difficult to line up bricks properly when building. I hope that guidelines will become a little clearer at some point.

Overall, this game is about discovery. It's a polished and massive world to be explored, and I am very excited to see new additions to the game. Even as an early access game, it is still very playable and enjoyable. I recommend it to any Lego fan, especially those who find real Legos too expensive and cumbersome.

I'd also be very interested in seeing what avid Minecraft fans think of the new challenges that Lego Worlds has to offer.

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Getting low FPS in LEGO Worlds? Try switching to DirectX 9 https://www.gameskinny.com/ruaao/getting-low-fps-in-lego-worlds-try-switching-to-directx-9 https://www.gameskinny.com/ruaao/getting-low-fps-in-lego-worlds-try-switching-to-directx-9 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:55:19 -0400 Tobbpitt

LEGO Worlds is fresh to Steam Early Access, and it's already got loads of content. Some are saying it could be the one game that could overthrow Minecraft -- who doesn't have fond memories of playing with LEGOs?

Since it's fresh on the Early Access scene, there are a few technical issues that can make it difficult to really have fun with it. One such problem is abysmally low FPS on some computers.

There doesn't seem to be a particular pattern among people experiencing unplayably low FPS, but there is one way that has worked for many: Changing from DirectX 11 to DirectX 9.

But before you wander into the LEGO Worlds settings and just push that 'DirectX version (requires restart)' button, consider adjusting some of the game's other video settings.

Changing the following settings may help your performance.

Video settings fix

There are only three settings you need to fiddle with in the video settings menu if you're having performance issues, specifically texture quality and DirectX version.

LEGO worlds low fps issue fix

You may also want to turn off Vertical Sync if you are getting screen tearing, or just want to see if turning it off gives you any benefit.

For the time being, many people can get by with just changing from DirectX 11 to 9.

Effect settings fix

This menu is harder for people who aren't amazing at computers to understand, but there's one surefire way to go about it if you're shooting for optimal FPS on an older computer: Turn off everything and set Shadow Quality to Low.

lego worlds turn off shadow quality option

These settings all affect how good the game looks. For instance, FSAA is anti-aliasing to smooth jagged edges, Depth of Field blurs and focuses based on where you're looking, etc.

I recommend testing these settings a bit. You may not need to have Shadow Quality set to Low, or you may be able to keep Bloom and Ambient Occlusion on -- it depends on your rig.

I can't guarantee adjusting these settings will help you. After all, the game has only been in Early Access for a day; but hopefully this information will help some of you have an easier time playing LEGO Worlds.

If the above doesn't help (and it may not), you may have better luck adjusting the game's settings manually via the pcconfig.txt file. One Steam Community guide tells you how to do just that, and what the options mean in the config file.

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Surprise! LEGO Worlds already on Steam - is this the Minecraft killer? https://www.gameskinny.com/ca2nr/surprise-lego-worlds-already-on-steam-is-this-the-minecraft-killer https://www.gameskinny.com/ca2nr/surprise-lego-worlds-already-on-steam-is-this-the-minecraft-killer Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:30 -0400 Ford James

Coming off the back of rumors last week of a Minecraft-inspired game in a LEGO universe (you can find our post about the rumors here), LEGO Worlds has arrived on Steam today with no prior warning from Warner Bros. or TT Games.

Here’s the Steam description of the game:

In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, will you… EXPLORE environments filled with adventure, then alter them? DISCOVER secrets and treasures, then play with them? CREATE your own models, then make a world your own?

There’s no doubt it sounds very similar to Minecraft, perhaps with a little more focus on the creative side as I get the impression you can create models then place them anywhere you’d like, whereas that isn’t possible in Minecraft.

Here is the trailer for LEGO Worlds, published by Warner Bros:

It’s currently in Early Access for the price of £11.99/$14.99. It’s only slightly more expensive than Minecraft was in its alpha and beta stages, which may mean they’re going for a similar development process. TT Games explained why it’s in Early Access:

LEGO Worlds will be a fully open-world, creativity-driven game so we want to ensure that we provide it with the utmost care and attention as we expand on our ideas. So much of this game will be about building and sharing and by sharing our plans with the community, we hope to incorporate their feedback and build an experience together that fans of LEGO and this genre of video games can enjoy.

They also announced on the Steam page that the price is currently discounted and will rise when it eventually leaves Early Access, sometime in early 2016. Here’s a link to the Steam page for more information.

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