Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 8 Best Voice Acting Performances by Troy Baker https://www.gameskinny.com/lsdy0/top-8-best-voice-acting-performances-by-troy-baker https://www.gameskinny.com/lsdy0/top-8-best-voice-acting-performances-by-troy-baker Fri, 11 May 2018 16:15:13 -0400 Michelle Valens

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Joel (The Last of Us)

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Joel is a fan-favorite character of Baker’s, and when you see his performance in The Last of Us, you can understand why. A man in his late 40s in a world that has taken everything from him, he lost his daughter and has been fighting a war against the infected zombie-like creatures for years.

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Over the years, Joel became less bound by his own morality, and he will do whatever it takes to survive. When he is paired up with another survivor, Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who may be the cure to the outbreak, he becomes dedicated to her protection and safety. Over the course of the game, they form a father-daughter-like bond.

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Through both voice acting and motion capture, Baker shines in this role, able to express the emotion of Joel losing his only child in a heartbreaking first scene.   He is a ruthless man, but he is a man still capable of deeply caring for another human in the way he cares about Ellie.

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Along with Ashley Johnson's performance as Ellie, Baker's groundbreaking performance in The Last of Us is largely what makes it such a popular game, with one of the best narratives in gaming thus far.

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So there you have it: eight of Troy Baker’s best performances in video games. What has been your favorite of Baker's roles? Is there a game series you wish he was in? Let us know in the comments below, and stick with GameSkinny for all things gaming.

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Booker DeWitt (Bioshock Infinite)

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Although we experience the world of Bioshock Infinite through a first-person view, it doesn’t mean its protagonist, Booker DeWitt, has no personality or character depth. Booker is a complex and emotional character with a difficult past: an alcoholic gambler who may very well suffer from PTSD (among a whole host of other problems), as well as being the world's worst decision-maker.

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Even though the focus of the game is Elizabeth, Baker is able to draw you into the character of Booker and make you feel connected to him and his story, and he really sells Booker’s self-hatred and regret of his past actions.

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Booker is portrayed as a level-headed man who doesn’t often act outside of that persona, which is why when he breaks free of those floodgates, it’s all the more powerful in terms of performance. His anger shines through in the final confrontation with the game’s prime antagonist, Zachary Comstock. Baker is able to deliver the anguish and confusion that Booker must feel at the revelation given to the players at the ending in such a masterful way, as well as the emotional acceptance that there is only one way to end what he has caused.

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Gul'dan (World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor; Legion

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Taking over the role from Paul Eiding, who voiced him in the original Warcraft PC games, Troy Baker brings new life to dark character and antagonist Gul'dan.

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Starting in Warlords of Draenor, where we see the return of the ruthless orc, Baker's performance is absolutely astounding; you truly believe the hatred and sadism in Gul'dan’s every word.

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He also gives a wonderful performance in Blizzard's animated short video that tells the story of the alternate universe’s version of Gul'dan, taking into account the element of time travel and alternate universes used in Warlords of Draenor and Legion.

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Baker’s performance truly makes Gul'dan a character you can feel invested in despite his antagonistic nature.

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Delsin Rowe (InFAMOUS: Second Son)

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Continuing his trend of portraying a new fish in an old pond, Troy Baker lends his voice to InFAMOUS: Second Son’s protagonist, Delsin Rowe.  

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Delsin is a delinquent who discovers he is a Conduit after interacting with a captive of the Department of Unified Protection. This activates Delsin’s powers and starts his adventure in the game.

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Delsin deeply enjoys becoming a super-powered human and wishes to do the right things, becoming a hero to those who have no voice and fighting against the government’s hatred of the Conduits. He can be very childish and immature, but he is fiercely loyal to his tribe, including to his brother, Reggie Rowe.

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Troy’s performance in this role as a childish, immature delinquent is very well done. He doesn’t overdo it or exaggerate Delsin’s lines, and that’s what makes you truly relate to this character and his struggle to fight against injustice and do right by his tribe.

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His relationship with his brother is one of the most important aspects of the game, and Baker delivers his lines so well that you’d truly believe he and Travis Willingham (Reggie Rowe) were actually bickering brothers in real life.

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Bruce Wayne (Batman: The Telltale Series)

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Many have portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman over the years, but the most recognizable voice for the character in any and all animation or game version of the Dark Knight’s story is Kevin Conroy, who had been voicing the Bat for over 20 years. Troy Baker takes up the role for the second time in Batman: The Telltale Series (the first being his portrayal of the Bat in LEGO Batman: The Videogame). In Telltale Game’s original look into Batman’s story, through choice-driven gameplay and cut-scenes, you can play the story the way you want.

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Baker’s performance as Bruce Wayne gives you a look at the character behind the mask and shows how much Bruce differs from his often used playboy persona. He is a man that truly cares about justice and doing the right things. This is a man you can relate to and feel sorry for, perhaps best exemplified by the moment in Season One in which he loses his temper after finding out about his father's past, or maybe during the heart-stopping confrontation he has with former friend Harvey Dent.

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Baker gives his all in this performance, which stands among the best portrayals of Batman in any medium.

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Talion (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor; Shadow of War)

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Stepping into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings is no easy feat, especially when you play a character with no known past in the book or movie canon. Troy Baker does just this in 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, in which he portrays Talion, a captain of Gondor.

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His performance as Talion is more nuanced than some of his former roles. Here he is a humble and soft-spoken ranger who has lost his family to Sauron’s forces. He merges with former elf-lord spirit Celebrimbor to uncover the spirits of a hidden past and avenge the death of his family.

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His standout moments as Talion are shown through cut-scenes that depict the story of a man who has lost everything and is stricken with grief and the need for revenge, portraying a character that deserves its place among the canon of The Lord of the Rings. Baker returned as Talion in 2017’s sequel, Shadow of War, where he amasses armies with the plan of attacking and defeating Sauron.

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Male Voice 1 (Saints Row: The Third)

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The Saints Row series started out as games in which the protagonist didn’t really say a word, but in later releases, Volition decided to nix the mute protagonist and hire some actors to voice the various options from which you could choose your customizable character. Starting with Saints Row: The Third, Troy Baker portrays the Male Voice 1 option.  

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Not to disparage any of the other voice talents, but to me, Baker embodies the leader of the 3rd Street Saints so well that it’s hard to play without his voice. He merges humor with seriousness throughout the game, whether it’s rage over losing a former member of the gang or silliness during a sing-a-long to the classic Sublime song “What I Got” between him and Pierce Washington (Arif S. Kinchen).

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Baker’s performance shines through this character in many different ways, and he is able to catch your attention as a charismatic yet sometimes over-the-top, silly gangster.

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Revolver Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)

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Revolver Ocelot has been as much of a staple to the Metal Gear Solid series as Snake himself. Ocelot is a master of interrogation and gun fighting (particularly with revolvers). Troy Baker lends his voice to this iconic character in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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Although Ocelot had appeared throughout the previous games as an antagonist, The Phantom Pain was the first numbered game in the series in which he was not blatantly antagonistic.  

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Ocelot is a man who is very committed to the cause, and he would do anything to help the Big Boss achieve success in his missions. His primary role in the game is to provide information on the targets and the world around the protagonist.

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There was some criticism that there wasn’t enough of Ocelot in the game to differentiate the character from some of Baker’s early roles, but I personally think he did a really great job interjecting a different persona into a character that has been in nearly every Metal Gear game in the series, each time supporting a different kind of purpose.

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If you are an avid gamer and haven’t been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you should be quite familiar with the name Troy Baker, one of gaming’s most recognizable voices. He has been in over 100 games to date. Though all of his roles have something special about them, there’s always going to be those that stand out as the best.

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Read on to find out about Troy Baker’s best voice acting roles in video games.

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Shadow of War Is Not Tolkien's Lord of the Rings https://www.gameskinny.com/gqfug/shadow-of-war-is-not-tolkiens-lord-of-the-rings https://www.gameskinny.com/gqfug/shadow-of-war-is-not-tolkiens-lord-of-the-rings Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:13:23 -0500 Sarah Elliman

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the greatest linguistic minds to have lived. He was a man of many talents, intricate thoughts, and opinions of the world. Sadly, his death in 1983 deprived us of more brilliant work; tragically, the expansive world Tolkien left behind has been violated by modern adaptations, and the recent Middle-earth games don't encompass Tolkien’s values and principles anymore.

Tolkien was a multi-faceted man with a lot of depth and thought; his principles are just as intricate and cannot be rushed into an introduction. These values are what made his novels awe-inspiring, and they are what has been lost in the subsequent adaptations. It is no coincidence that many felt that The Hobbit film trilogy didn’t capture the magic and essence of the previous Peter Jackson-helmed trilogy or the books themselves. There is something missing, and it is the man himself.

Tolkien’s ideas are steeped in traditional conservative principles and the hatred of war and industrialization, amongst other values. His unparalleled faith drives the narrative, and his understanding of the world, combined with his instinctual fairness, forms a universe that nobody else could replicate. Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War are fantastic games, but they should not be considered in the same league as Tolkien’s work. They have lost the essence that has attracted so many people to the books, and those very things that make them good games contradict the nature of Tolkien’s work.

Lack of Filthy Hobbitses!

As stated previously, I understand that Shadow of War and Shadow of Mordor are individual entities that share elements and lore with Tolkien’s universe. Therefore, not everything that is beloved about the series is going to make it into the game. But the lack of hobbits is astounding. They are an integral part of the series and give us insight into Tolkien’s thoughts on England, myths, power, and humility.

The purpose of Tolkien’s novels was to show that basic kindness and love are what truly make the world a wonderful place. The quote everyone loves from Gandalf, "It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay," is lost in the games. Hobbits were meant to embody moving through the world without a thought above their community. Hobbiton looks after everyone in it; they all know one another, and there is such a beauty that is left untouched for so long from darkness. It is much harder to present this idea when the main driving force behind it has been left in the dust.

Above everything else, leaving the hobbits out of the tale allows the darkness to seep back in. These characters, who are less susceptible to the lull of the ring, live ordinary lives. They may not be remembered within history, but they continue a way of life that is lost to many others in the universe.

 

Power

The idea of power and that everyone can be corrupted by it is a huge concept in Tolkien’s universe. Even the hobbits fall prey to Sauron’s power in the end, and those who have more power to begin with fall even more quickly. Therefore, Gandalf doesn’t take the ring; his inherent power as a Maia means he could wield godly power. By Shadow of War specifically neglecting this rule, it changes Tolkien’s universe entirely. This is not just a design or story choice that has been left out. The idea of power and its absolute control is unavoidable in Tolkien’s universe, and it has been thrown aside distastefully.

The most prominent example of this is Talion’s ability to reject the power of the ring. We have seen him succumb to it slightly, and we could say that he has a similar ability to the hobbits and succumbs slower than others. However, this would be completely negating Tolkien’s order of species regarding power. The reason the hobbits can withstand the ring for so long is because they are not a powerful race. As you ascend this scale, the more powerful species in Tolkien’s universe succumb more quickly to the ring. Talion shouldn’t be able to reject the ring as much as he has -- it flies in the face of what Tolkien created.

When you create a force that is all-encompassing, that can devour the purest characters, creating a character in the spin-off that rejects these rules takes away the purpose of the tale. Characters like Aragorn, Legolas, or Gandalf always kept the ring out of their sight because they knew what power it could wield through them. The truly good characters never believed they could use it for good, as power is ultimately corrupt in Tolkien’s mind.

 The Setting

A more pedantic issue is the setting that was chosen for Shadow of War and Shadow of Mordor. The tales created by Tolkien aimed to show the beauty of those who had not been corrupted. You were meant to feel sad for the passing of the elves, for the attacks on the forest, and for the destruction of beauty. There is a socially conservative message in Tolkien’s work: the longing for the grace of the past, the sadness for what has been lost and what may yet pass into darkness.

When you have a setting that is surrounded by perpetual darkness, you don’t encounter that same sense of loss that makes Tolkien’s works so powerful. You venture into Mordor in both games and don’t see the magnificence of an intricately created world or experience moments such as this from The Hobbit, when Bilbo describes Elrond's house in Rivendell: "His house was perfect whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, nor a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley." Nor does this dark setting capture Tolkien's environmental message as well as Steve Bivans does in his book Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: "I was swept off to a green, green Shire in a far, far land, and my soul has never returned. I suppose it never will."

Every aspect of Tolkien’s universe combines beautifully to create the narrative we all know and love. The settings are integral to this as well; we need a break from the horror of power and death to remind us, as Sam does, that "there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for." Without this reminder, the player is just running around enslaving and killing orcs at will, forgetting what it was that bought them there in the first place.

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Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War are good games, but they have moved so far away from the series that they have lost what made Tolkien’s world so magical in the first place. These aspects of Tolkien’s work are the "things that were not meant to be forgotten [that] were lost" in these games. The magic of Tolkien’s world can only be achieved by focusing on why his world came to be and why we put it on such a high pedestal to start with.

Do you like the new take on Tolkien's world? What do you feel is missing from the series? Let us know in the comments below.

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Steam Summer Sale 2017 -- The Best Games Under $5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:09 -0400 Adreon Patterson

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As the OG of the Batman Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum follows Batman as he must fight his way past nefarious foes in order to stop the Joker from once again trying to destroy Gotham City. It would be unjust for any gamer to sleep on this hallmark game with its detailed world design, revolutionary combat system, compelling storyline, and stellar graphics.

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All of these games are just a sampling of what the Steam 2017 Summer Sale has to offer. Make sure to check out our other Steam Summer Sale articles for even more savings on great games. 

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Shadowrun Returns

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Regular Price: $14.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 1.49
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This PC version of the tabletop game allows players to join any five races and six classes as they hunt down the Emerald City Ripper in this gritty, futuristic CRPG. Despite a sparse saving system, Shadowrun Returns showcases smooth character development, excellent combat scenes, and highly interactive gameplay in a cyberpunk, turn-based atmosphere. 

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Mass Effect 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
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Bioware's follow-up to the highly successful Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 once again puts players into the space boots of the stoic Commander Shepard as he must assemble a diverse team in order to stop an alien species known as the Collectors. The spectacular melting pot of diverse characters, stellar interactive storytelling, excellent voice acting, stunning visuals, and improved gameplay will hook any gamer interested in science fiction RPGs.

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Outlast

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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In Outlast, a first-person survival horror game predicated on stealth and strategy, players become investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he maneuvers his way through the dilapidated Mount Massive Asylum. The top-notch horror elements and thrilling gameplay would be great for any gamer to experience, especially horror fans and fans of SOMA, Amnesia, and early Resident Evil titles.

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Transistor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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This indie sci-fi action game lets players become the famous singer Red as she battles the robotic force of The Process, all while keeping the sword-like Transistor from those who would seek to acquire it. Players are thrust into a futuristic city where they battle enemies, solve puzzles, learn new skills (or Functions), and journey through a story rich with RPG undertones. Any gamer will fall in love with the effervescent visuals, stellar combat system, and lush soundtrack.

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Borderlands 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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In the sequel to 2009's Borderlands, players (as four new characters) once again must complete missions while acquiring loot on the planet of Pandora. This FPS is worth any gamer's time (especially fans of the first-person shooter genre) as it manages to build upon the original's strongest points -- humor and role-playing systems -- while adding a sense of world structure that fleshes out the Borderlands mythos. 

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Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As an episodic adventure, Life is Strange showcases twelfth-grade photography student Max Caufield's strange ability to rewind time and how it influences the butterfly effect of her universe. Following the episodic drama format, gamers are swept up in some truly great character development, tackling of taboo issues, and novel gameplay mechanics.

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Tomb Raider

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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This retelling of Lara Croft's origin story follows the iconic heroine as she helps herself and her friends escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a strange cult. Despite some qualms about the multiplayer mode and sometimes disconnected narrative, gamers should still enjoy this game with its splendid graphics, excellent third-person gameplay, and amazing character development -- especially for Croft. This action-adventure title from Square Enix reinvented the Tomb Raider brand and has overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews for its hard work. 

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This War of Mine

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
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This war survival game based on the Siege of Sarajevo deals with civilians surviving a post-war society through everyday decision-making. The player must keep various characters' health, hunger, and mood levels stable while gathering tools and materials for survival. Every decision can make or break survival -- and some of the decisions with which players are faced range from difficult to excruciating.  

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Metro 2033 Redux

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
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Set in post-nuclear war Moscow, Metro 2033 Redux deals with survivors living underground, having to kill human and mutant enemies in order to get ammunition and other resources -- as well as survive. This game can be endless fun; with an enthralling plot, realistic, detailed environments, and graphic horror elements, this is an FPS that has seen a cult following develop around it -- and for good reason.

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Garry's Mod

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Regular Price: $9.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
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A devil-may-care sandbox game, Garry's Mod allows players to manipulate ragdoll physics and props during gameplay. With its bizarre nature, user content is able to flood the game with the Physics Gun (manipulating ragdolls), the Tool Gun (creating buttons and controllable props), and the Havok Physics Engine (creating contraptions with props). Its openness allows players to roam free without any constraints. Garry's Mod is a zany sandbox creation game that focuses on creativity and mental agility. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
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Taking place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor follows the combined body and soul of dead ranger Talion and Elf Lord Celebrimbor as they take revenge on Sauron for the death of their loved ones. This Tolkein-based, Peter Jackson-influenced action-adventure game boasts stellar combat scenes, great lore, an expansive open world, and the Nemesis System, which allows non-playable characters to uniquely react to the protagonist accordingly through each playthrough.

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Endless Space: Collection

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
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Endless Space is a turn-based, 4X sci-fi adventure game allows players to choose or build a civilization and expand their empire to conquer the galaxy through a series of victories. This edition collects both the Endless Space base game and the DLC, Disharmony, providing players a great user interface and great accessibility for endless replay.

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After what's seemed like an eternity, summer has finally arrived. Sunny beaches. Scorching, hot weather. Family vacations. Weird tan lines. 

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But there is another image that's conjured when talking about summer -- the Steam Summer Sale. Summer truly doesn't begin until the gaming community can buy some amazing games and other items on the cheap. 

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The true pull for the sale is the incredible discounts gamers can get on some of their favorite games. There are individual games, expansion packs, DLCs, bundles. Any and everything a gamer could want or need is available with discounts of up to 80%.

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This is not only a big deal for the gaming community but for the online community as a whole. Articles, blurbs, and blog posts from indie sites to major players are written up days before the sale. Just like offline life, the internet goes crazy over discounts.

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Let's take a look at some of the best games under $5 for Steam's 2017 Summer Sale.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/s4530/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-release-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/s4530/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-release-delayed Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:14:01 -0400 glados131

Middle-earth: Shadow of Warthe sequel to Monolith's 2014 hit Shadow of Mordorhas had its release date pushed back from the middle of August to October 10. The game is being developed by Monolith Productions.

The announcement came from an official announcement by WB Games, which read in part:

As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.

The post also noted that some territories, including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, would have a different release date.

Shadow of Mordor received a great deal of praise for its innovative Nemesis System, which procedurally generated a full roster of Uruk antagonists for players to go up against, and dynamically had those Uruks develop relationships with the player. Its sequel aims to take that system to the next level, and no doubt the delay's purpose was to give Monolith enough time to do it justice.

To help tide you over until the game is released, be sure to check out our review of the original!

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Is Shadow Of War Straying Too Far From Tolkien's Vision? https://www.gameskinny.com/q6419/is-shadow-of-war-straying-too-far-from-tolkiens-vision https://www.gameskinny.com/q6419/is-shadow-of-war-straying-too-far-from-tolkiens-vision Wed, 03 May 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

Last summer we were befuddled by a lack of a Shadow Of Mordor sequel at E3, but patience was rewarded when less than a year later Monolith Productions very unexpectedly dropped a reveal trailer for Shadow Of War.

Other than the disappointing final boss fight and a few minor nit picks here and there across the campaign, Shadow Of Mordor was pretty close to a perfect game. It easily remains one of the best current-gen titles to this day and was among the greatest titles released in 2014.

Expanding The Scope

While keeping the same main character, the follow-up game is set to expand in many different ways, with the sword, bow, and dagger now getting ghostly spear and hammer companions when switching over to the undead Celebrimbor.

There will reportedly be more than 100 skills to choose from -- quite a boost from the first game -- in addition to siege warfare and a frequently shifting map with territory lost and gained over time.

The ranger Talion will eventually have a whole army at his back and laying sage to strongholds is becoming a chief focus, moving up in scope from the previous Nemesis system where your goal was essentially just to kill one orc leader at a time, regardless of location.

       A human ranger leading an orc army isn't quite how I remember LOTR

It's not clear if we'll see the Easterlings at all or if will primarily be orcs as the main fodder, but we do know there will be many bigger and badder enemies from the previous game, like Shelob and barrow wights. How that will be handled remains a mystery, since presumably Talion can't kill Shelob if the game is going to dovetail into the The Lord Of The Rings proper.

Based on the trailer we know at some point you get a graug into a grudge match against a drake, which is another head-scratcher in terms of style and tone. It seems based on the imagery released so far that we'll be battling balrogs -- who weren't known to inhabit Mordor -- and perhaps even Sauron himself in one form or another.

This little nugget of information presents some thorny issues, since the developer has stated Shadow Of War essentially ends where The Lord Of The Rings starts. Unless the story veers completely away from the source material (which is a distinct possibility), that tells us either that:

  • A) Talion loses big time -- R.I.P. Talion
  • B) Sauron has the ability to take human form somehow and Talion is responsible for forcing him back into incorporeality atop his tower
  • C) Talion subsumes Sauron, takes control of the One Ring, and takes up the mantle of the new Dark Lord at the end

That latter possibility seems like it will more than rile up the Tolkien purists and could see a full scale nerd revolt.

Leaving The Source Material Behind

There was already some departure from the novels in the previous game, which drew more from the style of the movies than the literary source material. Caragors and graugs were invented wholesale for instance, and aren't The Lord Of The Rings canon.

Celebrimbor was also known to have forged the rings for the other races under the tutelage of Sauron, but wasn't involved in crafting the One Ring to rule them all. Those changes seem minor in comparison to what's coming next as Monolith leaves Tolkien inspiration behind and essentially become high quality fan fiction instead.

Talion is now leading his own force of orcs back into Mordor against Sauron while flying around on a drake (or perhaps a fell beast?). This addition is an instance where a cool gameplay element that will expand the game in fun ways doesn't actually match the lore.

There's no question that I want to rain down fiery death on an orc fortress astride my winged stallion, but unless its a ringwraith on a fell beast, or a hobbit catching a ride on a deus ex machina eagle, typically characters don't fly around on mounts in Tolkiensville.

 Something about this doesn't feel quite right

To be fair, Talion is sort of a free willed ring wraith (another story departure) and turning the weapons of the enemy against itself was a primary theme of the previous game, so in a roundabout way it could fit. I'm not sure just how your chipper dwarf companion Torvin is going to have any knowledge of fighting and taming a fell beast, though...

Green Is The New Black

The addition of strategy elements, placing specific types of orc troops into different armies for besieging strongholds, will let us see a broader view of the typical Tolkien experience, rather than just one man (or hobbit) on the ground level view.

After taking over a stronghold, someone has to keep the rest of the orc horde in line, which means Talion must assign a new overlord after killing the previous one, allowing for changing experiences depending on who you pick and how they rule in your stead.

Here we've got an interesting enhancement from the first game, adding further personality differences between orc captains. Before those traits were simple things like "afraid of caragors" or "hates fire," but now we're going to dive into the shadowy realm of loyalty and betrayal.

The result is an attempt at humanizing the orcs and infusing them with more personality, which is an odd choice, since orcs are essentially supposed to be the faceless enemy that it's acceptable to butcher by the thousands. You aren't supposed to ask yourself "What is this orc thinking? Did he have a bad day? What's his relationship like with his parents?"

That issue aside, the expansion of orc abilities, aesthetics, and weaponry leads to some combinations that don't particularly feel Tolkien-esque. I mean, Ur-Hakon has a freaking flamethrower. Again, that's cool for a video game, but we're not even remotely in traditional Middle Earth territory here anymore.

 Call Of War: Shadow Of Dutysiders II?

Forget Canon And Have Fun

On the canon and Tolkien style fronts, Shadow Of Mordor and now sequel Shadow Of War have a major issue of scale and scope.

Although fractured and only uniting at the last possible moment, the forces of men and the various supernatural powers like Gandalf and Galadriel only just barely scraped by in defeating Sauron and his armies. Yet somehow little ole Talion and his wraith host can just decimate all of Mordor by himself.

It's inherently a problem in changing from a book or movie to an interactive video game experience: how do you keep a player entertained for 40+ hours when there's a whole army of orcs out there and you only have one main character?

Without question, Shadow Of War absolutely is straying too far from Tolkien's original vision, but unlike those abysmal Hobbit movies, I'm not convinced it will actually detract from the experience.

Legolas (who wasn't even in that book) straddling two broken barrels while flying down a river at top speed and perfectly aiming and headshotting orcs was ludicrous and absolutely destroyed The Desolation Of Smaug, but it would be pretty darn fun in a video game.

What do you think -- have we broken away much too far from canon, and will that impact your enjoyment of the game at all when Shadow Of War lands on August 22nd?

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The 16 Best Fan-Made Short Films Based on Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Hell of a DayZ
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People that play DayZ know that the worst enemies in the game are not zombies roaming the wastelands, but the humans, or simply other players. This is also the main plot point of the short film based on DayZ that tells a story of two companions.

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The film clearly shows what usually happens in the world devoid of any honor and conscience, which is probably the best lesson one can get.

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On that note, let's wait and see what else 2017 will bring in terms of video game fan-films, so expect another selection later this year.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Shadow
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Here’s another dark re-telling of the familiar story. This time Link meets his dark twin -- the Link’s shadow. The film’s got a few bloody scenes and the whole theme suggests that the bright world of Zelda is not that bright after all.

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It was made by the same team that shot Shadow of Mordor, so there is a certain style to their work -- lots of action in a fantasy-based world. We hope they do more of this stuff in the future ‘cause it does look great.

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Metroid: The Sky Calls
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The Sky Calls is the true successor of such great sci-fi films like Alien and Space Odyssey. It has that undeniable aesthetics of the grim, open space that is as dangerous as it can get.

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There is a lot of CGI in the film, but it’s done very well, and the special saturation effect that resembles the Kodak film strip used in the 70s and 80s makes everything look extra cool.

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If you are a fan of oldschool sci-fi movies, then definitely watch Metroid: The Sky Calls.

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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Instead of letting a real actor play the part of Sonic, the creators of this fan film decided to go with a full animated character, and probably for the best. The animation looks neat and it blends naturally into the live setting of planet Mobius.

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The film doesn’t try to take a Sonic into some new direction, but shows it the way this character is meant to be -- fast and funny, if even silly at times. However, the danger is real and the stakes are high, so there is more to the story than it seems at first.

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Super Mario: Underworld
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Super Mario in a horror movie? How is this possible? Well, Nukazooka made it possible! It’s a tale with morale that warns all the young kids about the dangers of missing a jump in Super Mario Bros. game, because if that happens, then Mario will go to the most terrifying place -- the Nintendo underworld.

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Anyhow, it’s a really cool concept, it is actually so good that could spawn an entire fan-made video game, but we all know too well that Nintendo will never allow that... but we can always dream, right?

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Portal: No Escape
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No Escape simply cannot show all the aspects of the original game from Valve, but it does tell a short story from a life of a female prisoner who finds the miraculous handheld portal device.

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It is a very well made short movie, which isn’t surprising, since the creator of the film is Dan Trachtenberg -- the same guy who directed 10 Cloverfield Lane from last year. If you want to see how he came up with his own style of filmmaking, then definitely check out his Portal film.

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Tomb Raider: Croft
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The story of Lara Croft is not only one of the longest-running video game series, but also a movie franchise that spawned two features with Angelina Jolie in the main role and the upcoming reboot with Alicia Vikander.

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Although not a massive undertaking as the above-mentioned Hollywood blockbusters, this fan film is nothing short of amazing. It was inspired by the game that was released in 2013 and incorporates all the stylistic features of it, such as the new look of the main heroine, grim atmosphere, bow and arrows as the main weapon, etc.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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Human Revolution is not a usual fan-made short film -- it’s got a relatively huge budget, it took two years to film... and it looks impressive. The slick design of the game is preserved to a T and the action sequences are perfectly choreographed.

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The actor who plays Adam Jensen, the main protagonist, also served as the editor, writer, and director of the film -- his name is Moe Charif. He is currently working on his full feature film “Exile” that should be out sometime this year.

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The Splinter Cell
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Ubisoft has two tactical shooters that should make their way into the big cinema sooner or later -- Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. None of them have been actually seriously considered yet, but this fan film made by Atomic Productions is simply staggering.

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The cinematography in the film is mind-blowing and at times even trumps those big Hollywood flicks.

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BioShock: The Brothers Rapture
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BioShock series is a perfect candidate for being turned into a few high-budget Hollywood blockbusters with some nice plot. At one point such a movie was greenlit, but due to financial problems and artistic differences it was put on a halt indefinitely.

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Fortunately, there are some really cool short films based on the iconic game. One of them is The Brothers Rapture created by film students from Canada. It tells the story of two brothers who work in the Rapture City and how their experiments lead to some horrific results.

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The Last of Us: No Escape
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Pocketsquare has made two short films based on The Last of Us thus far, and it looks like it’s not their last one, especially with the announcement of the sequel to TLOU video game.

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The 13-minute long film captures the atmosphere of the game incredibly well. Some of the scenes are gripping and convey a true sense of despair. The sound design plays a huge role in it, and it is clear how much attention the creators paid to the ambience -- these people know what they do.

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Fallout: Nuka Break
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The original short film based on Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas became so popular that the team behind the project decided to turn it into a full-fledged web-series. The first season got huge online very quickly and the Kickstarter campaign was launched to finance Season 2.

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Not only fans were amazed by the quality of the original film and the series, but the representatives of Bethesda themselves gave them two thumbs-up. Later on the Nuka Breaker weapon has been released through a DLC, which was a direct homage to this fan-film.

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Red Dead Redemption: Seth's Gold
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Seth’s Gold is a true fan-film made with the money gathered on IndieGoGo from 87 backers that managed to bring in over 8,000 Euro. Although it is based on the RDR video game, the shooting style was inspired by the old westerns, such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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The people behind the film are two young Spanish filmmakers -- Guillermo de Oliveira and Javier Esteban. They have a few other cool shorts on their YouTube channel, so check them out.

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Watch Dogs
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Ubisoft has in plans of releasing a feature film based on Watch Dogs, but after the flop of the Assassin’s Creed movie, we should all expect more delays and rewrites. There is hope if the production team tries to really ground everything down, instead of imitating the unrealistic approach that works only in video games.

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The good example is the short film presented here that received tons of positive reviews from the community. It was created by Infectious Designer right after the release of the first game, which even spawned several sequels.

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Shadow Of Mordor
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This little movie was made in 2014 by Sam and Niko from Corridor Digital with financial support of Warner Bros. Games. The film shows an episode from the story of ranger Talion, who is being chased by a bunch of orcs.

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It features high standards of production, including top-notch make-up, excellent acting, fighting choreography, and some very well-done CGI. The only drawback is the main character’s synthetic wig that looks really cheap, but other than that it’s totally worth a watch.

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Grand Theft Auto: RISE
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There isn’t much story wise in RISE, but the chase scene that takes the two thirds of the film is more than impressive. Gevorg Karensky, the writer and director, created a style that combines both live and video game footage.

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The film was so well accepted by the community that it was immediately snatched for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Sam Gibs from Gizmodo UK said the following about GTA: RISE:

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"It blows every other fan-made project I've ever laid eyes on completely out of the water."

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In the last 20 years dozens of Hollywood filmmakers tried to make movies based on video games that would be well-received by the audiences. Unfortunately, only a couple have managed to bring something decent to the world cinemas -- there is a feeling that movies based on video games are cursed.

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The very first game character that was brought to life on a blue screen was Super Mario in 1993. The latest one was Assassin’s Creed, which failed both domestically and globally. On the other hand, there is an entire community of amateur filmmakers that make their own short films of video games -- and it is way more successful than you may think.

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This selection offers some of the best examples made in the last five years, including fan-made films based on GTA, Watch Dogs, Fallout, The Legend of Zelda, and many, many others. You can watch them all right here without the need to visit the cinemas.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Escalates Mordor War With New War Gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/yo6pf/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-escalates-mordor-war-with-new-war-gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/yo6pf/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-escalates-mordor-war-with-new-war-gameplay Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:22:13 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Monolith has just posted the very first gameplay footage of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, an open-world action RPG based on the world of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

The 16-minute-long video showcased expanded features from the critically-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, with an improved Nemesis System and all-new Nemesis Fortresses, as well as siege-like mechanics where you utilize different tactics to conquer strongholds in different regions in Mordor. In order to take control of the castle, players must form their own army by recruiting and controlling allied Orcs as Followers. Along with the Nemesis Fortresses, the game also offers new abilities for Talion and Celebrimbor with the power of New Ring.

In contrast to the prequel which focused on "Assassin Creed"-esque stealth and slash gameplay, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will emphasize the RPG elements and large-scale battle gameplay. The game takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, continuing the story of ranger Captain Talion, and the infused elven spirit Celebrimbor. This time, the duo has forged a new Ring of Power that grants the ability of becoming a powerful king without being controlled by Sauron and his Dark Forces.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was revealed to the public after a leak from Target several weeks ago. The game is slated to release on 22nd August 2017 on PC (Steam and Windows Store), PS4, and Xbox One.

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Top 10 Games Set in Political Dystopias https://www.gameskinny.com/z7el8/top-10-games-set-in-political-dystopias https://www.gameskinny.com/z7el8/top-10-games-set-in-political-dystopias Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Justin Michael

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We all know what the best dystopia is though, no not Equilibrium. But 1984, George Orwell's 1949 book, turned movie that released in 1984. Some of these games have come close to matching the detail of 1984, with Deus Ex: Human Revolution coming closest.

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What are some games you feel have a dystopian theme? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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While many would look at Skyrim as a fantasy RPG the story has a heavy political agenda. You're in a world at the brink of a civil war between the Nords of Skyrim and the Imperial Legion of Cyrodiil. The Jarls of the various holds across Skyrim also have their own agendas and corruption can be found throughout the land in all manners.

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As the Dragonborn, you can choose whose side to join, or not join a side at all. The beauty of these types of games is that it does not punish you to remain impartial, even if it does limit your options later down the line.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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The Phantom Pain is a game rife with politics and dystopia. For starters, you play as Big Boss, a legendary soldier turned leader of the mercenary outfit Militaires Sans Frontieres (Military Without Borders). You and your men are willing to fight for anyone and anything, as long as the price is right.

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The game has a number of controversial topics within it such as child soldiers, blood diamonds, nuclear armament, and unethical human testing. There is also a number of flashbacks to moments of extreme violence from Big Boss' past that breach the topic of PTSD in those who experience the harsh realities of war.

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Fallout 3
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What could be more of a political dystopia than post-apocalypse Washington D.C.? In Fallout 3 you play as a vault dweller who leaves the safety of the vault to find your father, who leaves the vault without saying a word.

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Civilization is doing what it does best in the fallout wastelands -- trying to rebuild and even flourish. Throughout your journey looking for your father, you'll encounter settlements of hopeful wastelanders just trying to survive, raider scum, remnants of the former government, and the Brotherhood of Steel. Along the way you'll make choices that will not only affect you, but the fate of those who call the wastes their home.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla
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With a word like Guerrilla in the title, you can expect that the game has a certain level of dystopia. In Red Faction: Guerrilla you play as Alec Mason, a simple mining engineer looking to start a new life with his brother mining on Mars. The Earth Defense Force, the main corporation in charge of the mining operations, however, have other plans and kill your brother, who was a member of Red Faction, a resistance movement.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
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Shadow of Chernobyl puts you in the boots of a stalker -- a scavenger mercenary that illegally trades artifacts from "The Zone." There are many other factions in the zone that are vying for control over the artifacts that you'll encounter, some friendly and some that shoot on sight. Who you chose to interact with molds your relations with the other groups in this hostile, unforgiving environment.

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Bioshock
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Welcome to Rapture, where the people are insane and everything wants to kill you. It wasn't always this way, Rapture used to be a thriving utopia and haven to the social elite removed from the law of the surface world. I mean, what could go wrong?

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Everything went wrong.

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The population became divided, a resistance grew, and a battle was waged. You just happened to get stuck dealing with the aftermath as Jack, the sole survivor of a plane crash. Given the circumstances wouldn't you rise up against the tyrant running Rapture? Even go so far as to Kill him? Would you kindly...

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Dishonored
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This list would not be complete without a mention of Dishonored, a game all about political dystopia, deception, and revenge. You are Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles and you've been framed for her murder. Throughout the game, you learn more about the coup that made you a scapegoat as you dole out revenge while doing the Loyalists, a resistance group fighting to restore Dunwall to former glory.

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Metro 2033
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Metro 2033 takes place in post-nuclear Russia and has some very interesting elements of political dystopia. For the most part, society has survived this devastation and is starting to rebuild in the Metro, the subway system that the fortunate few were able to escape the nuclear destruction. However, the peace is dangling precariously in the balance between the rising tensions between the 2 main political factions -- the Fourth Reich and the Red Line, communists who follow Stalinist ideology.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
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Shadow of Mordor takes a very interesting approach to political dystopia by looking at the internal struggle for power within the society of the Uruks, the main enemies of the game. As the player, the Gondorian ranger Talion, you can influence the hierarchy of power between the Uruks in a number of different ways. This ranges from assassination, to taking control of a war chieftain's mind and forcing him to do your bidding.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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Throughout the Deus Ex series, we play as a character with superhuman abilities at the cost of some of his humanity. In Deus Ex: Human Revolution our main character, Adam Jensen, is the survivor of an attack that killed his girlfriend. His survival came at the price of having the majority of his body augmented with cybernetics and robotics.

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Throughout the game, you see just how much of an impact the modification of our bodies with cybernetics has divided the people. The shadowy mega corporations that work behind the scenes use their influence to sow discord, and skew the population's perception on the topic of transhumanism.

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A dystopia is a futuristic imagined universe, in which oppressive societal control under the guise of a perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control.

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While a terrifying situation to actually find ourselves in, dystopian settings make up the bulk of the societies in games we play and are sometimes the major driving force behind the story. And with a less-than-ideal political election coming up for the US, the notion of creating a political dystopia is becoming more and more prevalent among unhappy voters. 

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As such, let's take a look at my top 10 choices for games set in political dystopias.

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Game Deals: Dark Souls III, Fire Emblem Fates, Resident Evil 6, Dragon Age Inquisition and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/cmyie/game-deals-dark-souls-iii-fire-emblem-fates-resident-evil-6-dragon-age-inquisition-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/cmyie/game-deals-dark-souls-iii-fire-emblem-fates-resident-evil-6-dragon-age-inquisition-and-more Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:13:40 -0400 Kat De Shields

Now is your chance to stock up on recent releases and classics at a serious discount. Take advantage of some sweet savings and check out the best video game deals of the day. 

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition 

If you haven't had a chance to play this Lord of the Rings classic yet, then now's the time to buy at 25% off list price. Also available for this price on the Xbox One. 

Resident Evil 6 

Considered to be the most expansive Resident Evil game to date, take advantage of some epic solo and co-op play at 25% off the list price. 

Dark Souls III

If you're looking for a good old-fashioned ass whooping, look no further than Dark Souls III. If you're a rage-quitter or easily frustrated but are curious to try the game, snag it now for 46% off the list price. If your controller doesn't go flying across the room from time to time, we're sure you'll have quite a few moments like the one below. 

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest 

This wildly popular turn-based strategy game can be yours for 25% off the list price. Face the impossible decision of choosing between your bloodline and the family who raised you and watch the consequences unfold. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition 

At 45% off list price, now's a great time to buy this game if you haven't played it. This is the third installment of an epic role-playing series where the choices you make define your experience. 

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The Best Games Based on Movies and TV Shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:17:00 -0400 Dennis Adame

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There you have it, the four best games based on movies/shows. All of these are great games that you should play regardless of whether or not you like the thing they are related to. I hope you enjoyed this list. Any games I missed? Let me know in the comments. 

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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series (2012)

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Honestly, not much can be said about this game that hasn't already been said. This is one of the best games that I have played in the 22 years that I have been on this earth.

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The story is about Lee and Clem and the amazing journey that the two go on during the first few months of the zombie apocalypse. The game is a roller coaster of emotions, and if the ending doesn't make you cry you're a heartless monster (ok, maybe that's too far). You will be laughing at times, scared at others, and it'll feel like you just had your heart ripped out and kicked across the country by the end.

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If you have somehow managed not to play this game yet, go out and do it now. I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

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Ghostbusters The Video Game (2009)

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I have been a fan of Ghostbusters since I was a kid and saw the movies for the first time back in the 90's. I didn't actually play this game until this year, but I'm glad that I checked it out.

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You play a new addition to the team named Rookie (they don't want to bother to learn your name). You will work with the rest of the team, voiced by all the real actors, and fight hoards of ghosts. This game is actually considered to be the third movie and is a continuation of the first and second movies. So rather than spending you hard earned money going to see that new "movie" (using the term lightly), spend it on this great game and know that you didn't completely waste your money. 

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Shadow of Mordor (2014)

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This is one of the best games to come out for the next gen consoles so far. I can't remember that last time I had so much fun just screwing around in a game. You play as Talion, a former ranger of Gondor, whose spirit is tied to an elven ghost. Talion and his family are all killed during a ritual by the forces of Sauron.

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But Talion bonded with the elven ghost -- and is then returned to Mordor to take revenge on Sauron and his troops, discover the origin of the ring of power, find the truth about the elven ghost, and become a legend.

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You can buy the GOTY  edition of the game on Steam for about $40.

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Star Wars Republic Commando (2005)

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This is a game that no one seems to remember other than my friends. But it was one of the coolest games that I ever played as a kid. Imagine you took Halo, combined it with Ghost Recon, and put a Star Wars skin on it. That's what Republic Commando is.

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You command a squad of three other soldiers in a very Halo-like first person shooter. You will fight your way through armies of droids and oil will cover your screen. I don't want to give too much away because the game is so good that you really need to play it for yourself. It's only $9.99 on Steam and it is well worth every penny. 

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Since video games first started being made, movie companies have tried time and time again to make games that go along with their movies -- from E.T to Harry Potter andthe new Ghostbusters movie. Almost every one of those games is garbage, but once in a blue moon a company comes along and makes their own game using the same world as a movie/show. And we want to honor them, so here are the best four games that are based on either movies or TV shows. 

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Shadow of Mordor Under Fire by U.S Government https://www.gameskinny.com/jwqb1/shadow-of-mordor-under-fire-by-us-government https://www.gameskinny.com/jwqb1/shadow-of-mordor-under-fire-by-us-government Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:03:49 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, has been given a bad rep due its deceptive marketing campaign.  The Federal Trade Commission stated in a recent news release that Warner Bros. failed to “adequately disclose” that it paid “influencers” such as Pewdiepie and others to promote the game on social media.

This campaign ran in late 2014, before the game’s release. According to the FTC, videos that weren’t adequately disclosed were viewed 5.5 million times. Plaid Social Works, Warner Bros.' advertising agency,  paid the hosts “thousands of dollars” for coverage, according to the complaint.   

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich said consumers have the right to be informed whether someone is providing their opinion or being paid to say nice things:

“Companies like Warner Bros. need to be straight with consumers in their online ad campaigns."

The FTC also claims that Warner Bros. didn’t tell its influencers that they needed to include sponsorship disclosures in their videos. Warner Bros. stated that they told its paid hosts to put disclosures in the description box. The FTC rebuts by saying that viewers would only be able to see it if they click the “Show More” button. The complaint also states that these disclosures didn’t carry over when shared on other platforms.

In addition, the FTC claims the contracts between Warner Bros. and influencers required hosts to submit their videos to Warner Bros. for pre-approval. The complaint alleges that “on at least one occasion”, Warner Bros. reviewed and approved a video that didn’t contain proper sponsorship disclosure.

As part of the proposed order, Warner Bros. must agree to better disclose when content is sponsored. It requires sponsored videos “clearly and conspicuously disclose any material connection between Warner Bros. and any influencer or endorser promoting its products.”

Additionally, the FTC’s proposed settlement agreement states that Warner Bros. or any firm working on its behalf, must ensure that future campaigns adhere to these rules. This also includes educating influencers about sponsorship disclosures, as well as keeping track of sponsored videos to ensure compliance.

This agreement will be floated in the public space for 30 days, from July 11th to August 10th. At this time, the FTC will determine if this proposal becomes a reality.  

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Missing in action: 9 games that were conspicuously absent from E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/5gqr9/missing-in-action-9-games-that-were-conspicuously-absent-from-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/5gqr9/missing-in-action-9-games-that-were-conspicuously-absent-from-e3 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:35:24 -0400 Ty Arthur

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What were you hoping to see at this year's edition of the E3 extravagnaza, and do you agree with our picks of what was most conspicuously missing?

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There was plenty of interesting material covered however, with more than enough to tide over fans until the next wave of big announcements hit.

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If you missed any of the E3 2016 reveals, be sure to check out our (highly scientific) rundown of the best games revealed at this year's expo.

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System Shock 3

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It should go without saying that this hallowed sci-fi / horror series that inspired by mighty Bioshock is more than a little anticipated by fans.

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We know for a fact this one is actually happening – closing in on two decades after the previous game – but the question mark is when and what it will look like.

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E3 would have been a great place to absolutely steal the show, but it wasn't to be. Maybe next year?

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Shadow Of Mordor sequel

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The game-changing mechanics on this Peter Jackson-inspired trek into the Lord Of The Rings lore had me absolutely hooked, sinking an absurd number of hours into completing every last dagger, sword, and bow legend while taking on more orcs than any army ever could.

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There's an addicting quality here that keeps players coming back to nab those final diabolical achievements (and by the way, somehow after 100 hours I STILL haven't gotten the White Rider achievement).

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Since then it's been a nail-biting wait to see if we'll get a sequel, either continuing the story or (even better) going in some new direction. Part 2 wouldn't have to feature the same characters or even take place in the same area – Middle Earth is huge, and even Mordor itself has lots of unexplored territory. While there's tons of love about the original, some upgrades wouldn't hurt either – particularly in the final boss battle department.

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Unfortunately nothing concrete landed at E3 this year, so its likely going to be months at the least before an announcement comes, if indeed a sequel is even being developed at this point.

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Metroid

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So we did get a Zelda reveal, and that's nothing to sneeze at with how massively behind Nintendo has been to everyone else lately, but a serious Metroid definitely would have done wonders for a flagging fan base.

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Other than the impending Federation Force, a title that completely changes the gameplay and even had fans launching a petition for cancellation, there hasn't been a major Metroid entry in years, with the Wii U getting mostly skipped over. Hopefully a new and worthy successor will launch with the NX?

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Devil May Cry

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After the reboot DmC back in 2013, it was unclear where the series would go, and whether we'd get a Devil May Cry 5 or something else. Either way, fans will have to wait a little longer for news on this game that isn't even officially acknowledged yet.

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Rumors continue to circulate this is the year we get a definite answer and some news, but alas, it wasn't to be at E3. Maybe sometime around the holiday buying frenzy we'll get some screenshots?

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Dead Island 2

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Although it made our list of most anticipated horror-themed games slated for release this year, its time to finally accept the reality of the situation: this game is never coming. The E3 absence seems to pretty well confirm that sad fact.

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The first trailer for this game came out more than two years ago, and in that time it has passed hands between developers multiple times, had release dates come and go, and even been officially removed from the Steam store. R.I.P. Dead Island 2.

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Kingdom Hearts III

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Another title everyone wants that never seems to have enough info to spare, the absence of Kingdom Hearts III is actually understandable this time around due to the upcoming release of the oddly named Kingdom Hearts 2.8 later this year.

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Still, we want to see more of what to expect from this massively-anticipated cutesy RPG, so get it on it already Square Enix!

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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This is another title that people were all but guaranteeing would appear this year at E3 but somehow either got culled from the lineup... or was never planned to be announced at all and fans just ran with a rumor.

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That same rumor mill is running rampant that news of the release is being delayed in respect for the victims of the recent Orlando shooting at Pulse due to the game's content, but there's been no official statement to that effect from anyone at Take Two or Rockstar.

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Nintendo NX

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While this wasn't unexpected – Nintendo did say we shouldn't have our hopes up for an E3 announcement – it does seem like a misstep to not start getting the hype train rolling for the NX.

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Considering how the Wii U is essentially dead in the water and an absolute non-entity at this point in the console cycle, the NX needs an absolutely overpowering campaign of force to break out and overtake the PS4 and Xbox One, especially with both of those consoles about to get updated “.5” versions.

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It's a shame the Wii U never got the traction (or the game catalog) it deserved, as that controller setup is actually really fun - especially with games like Rayman where the player on the GamePad controller has a very different experience.

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When do you think Nintendo is finally going to get serious about the NX news, and do you think it will be able to compete?

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The Last Of Us 2

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I don't feel out of line in saying this must have been the most anticipated game that everyone expected to make an E3 appearance this year. Several sites even went so far as to announce news that the game would be officially confirmed at the expo when some info from Naughty Dog supposedly “leaked.”

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Yet for all the hype and certainty, the follow-up to this emotionally devastating post-apocalyptic game was nowhere to be found. Fans were particularly on board at this point in time, with an Easter egg in Uncharted 4 indicating a Last Of Us 2 should be inbound any time now.

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Whether a prequel, sequel, or something else entirely, its safe to say fans want to see this made, and they want it sooner rather than later.

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The smoke has finally cleared: E3 is over, and all the biggest game development news has officially arrived that is going to arrive for the next few months.

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There's no question we saw some amazing upcoming titles at this year's edition of the annual gaming mecca, from the first official look at the upcoming mythology-swapping God Of War to a new Zelda entry, a surprising change of pace with Resident Evil, and even some new footage on the delayed-but-not-forgotten Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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For all that gaming goodness, we couldn't help but notice the conspicuous absence of some major series that didn't appear during the festivities.

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Whether oversight, purposeful tactical choice, or just a timing issue as development drags on, these eight games (and one piece of hardware) all feel like they should have been prominently displayed at E3 2016.

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Amazon locks certain games as exclusively available for Prime members https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5kw/amazon-locks-certain-games-as-exclusively-available-for-prime-members https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5kw/amazon-locks-certain-games-as-exclusively-available-for-prime-members Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:49:48 -0400 Scott Simpson

It seems Amazon has quietly introduced several games to their list of Amazon Prime-Exclusive items, with GTA V, FIFA 16, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Minecraft and Far Cry Primal all currently marked as "exclusively for Prime members", among others.

It's unknown how many more titles are affected by the change; however, the games are still available to purchase through third-party sellers on the site.

It's something of a bizarre move for the company, who are clearly trying to incentivize customers to fork out cash for their paid service. Membership requires an annual subscription fee of $99, or £79 per year for UK customers, and gives members access to free next day delivery and their Amazon Instant Video service, amongst other features.

One can't help but wonder, though, if the change might have the opposite effect, with customers simply going to other retailers or buying from third-party sellers instead. It also begs the question...how far will Amazon go with its "exclusive" merchandise?

Other games currently affected by the decision include: Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Elder Scrolls Online, Battlefield Hardline, Rainbow Six Siege and, somewhat bizarrely, Farming Simulator 15. Strangely, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes also seems to be included, but not Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

What are your thoughts on the move? Would you consider paying for Amazon Prime in light of this? Or do you think Amazon have just shot themselves in the foot? For those who are already Prime members, how do you feel about the change? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Michael Forgey, Executive Producer at Monolith Games, passes away https://www.gameskinny.com/uas89/michael-forgey-executive-producer-at-monolith-games-passes-away https://www.gameskinny.com/uas89/michael-forgey-executive-producer-at-monolith-games-passes-away Sat, 05 Mar 2016 07:50:04 -0500 BlackTideTV

The gaming industry has lost yet another great player to cancer. Michael Forgey, executive producer at Monolith games, passed away Thursday, March 3rd after a long battle with brain cancer.

In May of last year, Mike visited the doctor for a simple migraine, but was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and highly aggressive form of brain cancer. After being rushed into surgery, doctors discovered that his primary tumor was inoperable.

Forgey underwent several experimental procedures and even saw improvement with doctors noting a reduction in tumor size before his sudden passing. Through the use of a YouCaring campaign, Mike's family managed to raise over $127,000 from 625 donors to cover the costs of treatment, therapy, and other family expenses.

Michael is responsible for several blockbuster video games including, but not limited to: Middle Earth: Shadow of MordorGears of War I II, and Fable. He will be sorely missed in the community.

 

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Photo Modes: Shadow of Mordor https://www.gameskinny.com/sljqb/photo-modes-shadow-of-mordor https://www.gameskinny.com/sljqb/photo-modes-shadow-of-mordor Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:07:53 -0400 Jack Bampfield

Ok, so I'm not going to complain about the camera this time. Much. It's a bit of a stretch to get Talion out of the shot. There, done, no more camera.

The real issue with Shadow of Mordor's photo mode is how difficult it can be to get anything to look good. Mainly because some of the textures in the game are quite ugly. This is even on PC with textures maxed at "Ultra," some textures are so low res that it makes the whole shot look ugly.

Shadow of Mordor made me realize that with each game I've done, there's an aspect I'm focusing on most. Really, this boils down to what each game does best visually. For DriveClub as you'd expect, the cars were the best thing to take photos of in Photo Mode. With The Last of Us Remastered, I found it difficult to take nice looking action shots, but what worked in TLOU though was its detail, the environment, and the two central characters. Infamous: Second Son also wasn't great with action shots, the abilities and particle effects overpowered the image. And with Photo Modes, I like to take images of the details in the given game. Playing the game normally, you might not pick up on details you can excel in showcasing with a Photo Mode.

So what works best in Shadow of Mordor?

Firstly, on top of poor textures, Shadow of Mordor is a grim looking game. Being open-world it suffers from poor texture work both close up and at long distances. In Shadow of Mordor, I found the best images to take actually were the action shots. Interestingly, this is what I hadn't had success with in any of the other games so far. This is mainly because, since Mordor isn't a nice place, there's not much beauty there. It's not the developers fault Mordor is a desolate looking hell hole. I tried with some environment shots, but at long distances the textures look awful. 

So, let's see how Shadow of Mordor's Photo Mode works. In what is an impressive Photo Mode when it comes to frame customization.

How it Works

Though playing on PC, Shadow of Mordor has the same combat style as the Arkham series, so a controller is the best way to play. Guess how you get into Photo Mode on a controller, go on, I'll wait.

L3 of course! If playing with mouse and keyboard on PC, it is 'P'. The camera isn't as bad as Infamous' camera. This time, however, to switch settings you use the triggers, not the directional buttons.

  • Field of View: Your standard zoom found in most Photo Modes. This one ranges from 20-85.
  • Depth of Field: As seen before, Depth of Field has a "Distance" and "Range" setting. This is the first I've seen so far to have an intensity setting. It's a nice inclusion to not only choose what is and isn't in focus but also how out of focus what isn't in focus is. (I hope you got that, cause that's definitely a sentence.) If you want the distance to be quite high, you'll be sitting there for awhile because it takes ages to go up. Even with a mouse, you right click and move it forward again and again and again to get it higher. 
  • Filter: Heavy Noir, Poison, and Warm are 3 of the 13 filters in Shadow of Mordor's Photo Mode. As with most of these Photo Modes, I tend not to use the filters at high intensity. I usually have them at 20% or less, a slight difference but enough. 
  • Vignette: Vignette adds soft black edges around the image. If put all the way to max, it's like looking through Sauron's eye, except significantly less fire. I avoid Vignette and did in TLOU. With TLOU, the ones I did take with Vignette were accidental and took it off once I realised. 

  • Overlay: This is quite an impressive little setting. There are frames to add around the image, 25 of them. On top of that there are 7 textures you can add, with an intensity setting as well. This is where you'll find the film grain as well as Wraith textures. Overall, though, for what I use Photo Modes for, the overlays were pretty useless.
  • Logo: 6 logos you can add to the image (only one per shot). You can change its position manually with the analogue stick, as well as its size. Placement is set positions for the logo around the shot to save time with using placement.

I did my best with Shadow of Mordor, but creating shots that I actually liked proved hard. Usually, I play the game and take loads of photos, go through them after and pick which ones might make it on here. With each session, there's usually a good few that I think "yeah maybe, that one looks nice". However, with Shadow of Mordor I kept having sessions and thought: "I don't like any of these."

So here you are, some concoction of Mordor. I felt just like this first, sad Orc. I did try with environment shots of Mordor, so let me know what you think.

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10 Licensed games that are actually good! https://www.gameskinny.com/j2dn5/10-licensed-games-that-are-actually-good https://www.gameskinny.com/j2dn5/10-licensed-games-that-are-actually-good Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:47:35 -0400 katlaborde

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Duck Dynasty
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Now we're talking! This little gem is the creme de la creme of licensed games. It includes so many activities like driving a truck, fishing, shooting beavers in their natural habitat, and of course, shooting ducks after deceiving them with a duck call!

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Who wouldn't love that?!

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No one. Ever.

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Seriously though, except for Duck Dynasty and many others, there are some great licensed games out there not worthy of the associated negative stigma.

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If you haven't played them, seek them out!

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Also, if I left any game out or you want to talk about shooting ducks, please feel free to leave me a comment below!

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Image source: Hardcore Gamer

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 
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This one is a lot like The Simpsons beat-em-up where players can play cooperatively as one of the four Ninja Turtles. But this time, there's lots of pizza involved.

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This game was a lot of fun, but could very difficult at certain spots. Also developed by once-wonderful Konami, this title is actually their best selling arcade game to date.

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People do love themselves some turtles. And time.

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Image source: Gamefaqs

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Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
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Back when this game was released in 2004, I remember how surprised everyone was that a game based on a movie did not suck! Developed by Starbreeze Studios, for its time, Riddick was an impressive looking game.

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Additionally, it featured unique stealth gameplay when the game could have easily just been a standard beat-em-up. 

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Also, you get Vin Diesel! I'm sure that's bound to make someone out there excited!

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Image source: GE Force

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Duck Tales
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Normally, if you saw a title like DuckTales on the store shelves, you would likely assume it to be crap. I mean it's a kid's game based on a cartoon. Of course, it's going to be crap!

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Well, in this particular case, you'd be absolutely wrong. DuckTales is a completely functional and incredibly fun platformer. I'm serious! If you don't believe me, check out the recently released remaster for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U.

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 Image source: Mental Floss

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
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Although there are good Lord of the Rings based RTS titles that could easily be placed on this list, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was not only fun, but innovative in design that allowed for players capture forts and defeat rival loud-mouthed Orc generals.

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Although some could say that Warner Brothers is getting a bit too repetitive with this gameplay design, such as in the recent Mad Max, it does not make this game any less addictive.

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I have to capture each fort, defeat each general, and pick up every flippin' herb that appears along the path. Warner Brothers has developed great gameplay mechanics that completely appease my OCD.

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Image source: Crave Online

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GoldenEye: 007
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If you had a Nintendo 64 back in the day (or even now), you have likely played GoldenEye. Developed by the geniuses at Rare, GoldenEye redefined the first-person shooter by starting a trend towards more realistic shooters.

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The game had incredibly atmospheric moments and had that awesome escort mission with Natalya. You know you loved how she would take forever to activate that console!

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Image source: Gamasutra

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Star Wars: Battlefront
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Star Wars and video games have had a long history together. Sometimes things go well and other times, well, let's just say things don't often work out. 

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While Bioware's Knights of the Old Republic was a huge contender for this place on the list, I had to give it to Star Wars: Battlefront. No, it does not contain a deep story woven from the Star Wars lore. However, it is an incredibly fun shooter. Sometimes, that's just all you need.

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Confession! I'm not even a huge Star Wars fan, but I played this game endlessly. I had a lot of fun eradicating enemies near Mos Eisley while the Cantina theme played on a loop.

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A new Battlefront title is releasing late this year, so here's hoping it will be just as good as its predecessor.

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Image source: GameSpot

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South Park: Stick of Truth
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Although Stick of Truth went through development hell, developer Obsidian and publisher Ubisoft managed to create an excellent title. With the assistance of show creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Stick of Truth captured the show's style and humor perfectly. 

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The throwback turn-based RPG battle system was fun and made for some great in-game jokes. Although the gameplay might not have been deep, the game was thoroughly enjoyable even for those just watching from the sofa. 

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As a long time fan of South Park, Stick of Truth was definitely worth the wait. This was my personal Game of the Year for 2014. Of course, I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel, Fractured But Whole, releasing (hopefully) in 2016.

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Image source: Screen Invasion

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
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Of course, there have been tons of Batman games released over the years, some are good and some are well...incredibly bad. However, when Arkham Asylum was released in 2009, gamers were given the Batman game they always wanted.

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Amassing critical acclaim as well as succeeding to resonate with gamers, this action-adventure game featured great gameplay, numerous cameos by characters from the Batman universe, and an excellent performance of the Joker by Mark Hamill.

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Although I could have easily chosen fan favorite Arkham City, the often forgotten Arkham Origins, or the Batmobile-centric Arkham Knight, the original is what made us fall in love with series in the first place.

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Image source: Dual Shockers

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The Simpsons 
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Released in 1991 by the once-not-so-evil Konami, The Simpsons arcade game was a classic beat-em-up title. It utilized the style of the show well, incorporating bright colorfully designed levels and fun gameplay, as America's favorite animated family fights their way through hoards of Mr. Burns' minions to save baby Maggie.

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The game was super fun at the arcade as four players could play cooperatively and assume the role of either Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa. Thankfully, the game did receive an HD port for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Although, I do miss playing this at the arcade.

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Image source: Simpsons Wikia

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TellTale's The Walking Dead
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TellTale's The Walking Dead series took most gamers completely by surprise. When it was announced, the game was met with little excitement. However, with each episode released, the series garnered not only more critical acclaim, but also respect from gamers for its excellent writing and characters.

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With TellTale having only released a few titles such as Sam & Max and Back to the Future, most of us didn't know what to expect from the developer. However, TellTale managed to create an immersive and powerful narrative influenced by player choice.

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TellTale has done an excellent job (okay, maybe not so much with Jurassic Park!) at weaving their own stories into pre-existing, licensed universes.

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Image source: GameSpot

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It's a popular opinion among gamers that licensed games are terrible. Although that opinion might be mostly valid, there are some great, licensed titles that manage to defy this common belief. 

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I've composed a list of a few games which managed to do what most licensed games cannot do: not suck!

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This list is mostly based on my opinion as well as overall critical acclaim. If you don't see a game on the list, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Image source: Games Radar

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Xbox One Bundles expanded through Labor Day https://www.gameskinny.com/0jlrw/xbox-one-bundles-expanded-through-labor-day https://www.gameskinny.com/0jlrw/xbox-one-bundles-expanded-through-labor-day Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:52:56 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

If you have yet to get your hands on Microsoft’s newest console, Labor Day Weekend might be the time to do it. While the Xbox One has come bundled with Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Unity for a while now, the bundles will be expanded until September 7th. An Xbox One will include Assassin’s Creed: Unity, as well as any one of the games below, the choice of which is up to you.

  • Lego Jurassic World
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • Minecraft
  • Batman Arkham Knight 
  • Rare Replay
  • NBA 2K15
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Destiny
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Elder Scrolls: Online
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Far Cry 4
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

In addition, two bundles will give you a third game. The Madden 16 Bundle comes with Madden 16, AC: Unity, and one of the games above, as well as a year of EA access. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, AC: Unity, and one of the games above. You can also get AC: Unity and Black Flag, as well as one of the free games. 

The standard bundle is available for as low as $349.99, while the Madden and Halo bundles will be $399.99.

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The 15 highest rated Xbox One games https://www.gameskinny.com/u857o/the-15-highest-rated-xbox-one-games https://www.gameskinny.com/u857o/the-15-highest-rated-xbox-one-games Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:30:01 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have it, the highest-rated Xbox One games on the market. From Ori and the Blind Forest to Titanfall, and everything in between, the Xbox One is clearly a pretty great place to play games with something for everyone.

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It will be very interesting to see if this list changes any in the coming months, what with Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, and Fable Legends, not to mention third-party games like Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Mad Max, all coming out before Christmas. This list could look very different in a year's time and lets hope it does!

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What games were you expecting to see? Surprised Sunset Overdrive or Dead Rising 3 didn't make the list? Think a game was rated too highly? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And until next time, keep it here on GameSkinny!

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1. The Witcher 3 - 91%
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And no surprise here, we have CD Projeckt Red's RPG masterpiece, The Witcher 3. We also recently published The 15 Highest Rated PS4 Games, and The Witcher 3 was also atop that list. So it's fairly undeniable that Geralt's final journey is the best game on current-gen platforms.

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With a gigantic open world that demands to be explored in the greatest depth, a myriad of side-quests that are as long and interesting as many games' whole stories, a fantastic cast of characters to meet along the way, graphics that have to be seen to be believed, and a great story to cap off the trilogy, The Witcher 3 is quite possibly the best RPG ever made.

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"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a thoughtful, diverse, and frequently awe-inspiring adventure. Its stories are deep and satisfying, unafraid to touch on themes of personal character, presenting players with choices and consequences that aren’t about turning into a hero or a villain. In the end, it’s quite simply one of the best RPGs ever made."

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 - Game Trailers

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2. Fifa 14 - 88%
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The second entry in the Fifa series to make it on to this list, but rather surprisingly it is the older, 2014 edition that sneaks into 2nd place. Even though Fifa games supposedly get better with each iteration, a belief I too have held, critics disagreed and rank the Xbox One debut game as the best out there.

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"A great demonstration of how to craft a new console launch game, leveraging the machine's strengths with a new engine capable not only of giving the game a renewed look but improved gameplay as well."

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 - MondoXbox

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3. Ori and the Blind Forest - 88%
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And here we have the second, and last, Xbox One exclusive on the list. Ori and the Blind Forest is emotional story-telling at its absolute finest and a truly awe-inspiring, albeit challenging, journey through a beautifil world.

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Ori and the Blind Forest is a MetroidVania game with RPG elements, not so dissimilar to Child of Light, but it is also a deceptively tricky platformer underneath a charming and very pretty art-style. As its debut game, you can expect Moon Studios to be a major player for Xbox One going forward.

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"A terrific blend of story, gameplay, and graphics, Ori and the Blind Forest is an unforgettable debut for indie developer Moon Studios." 

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- EGM

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4. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - 87%
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Undoubtedly one of the surprise hits of last year, Shadow of Mordor was an excellent game with innovative features, not to mention thousands of Orcs to kill.

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With a great open-world and the awesome Nemesis system, which creates rivalries between you and Orcs as well as a genuine power struggle, Shadow of Mordor wasn't the simple Lord of the Rings spin-off everyone expected. The gameplay was a mix of Batman and Assassin's Creed, the world was fittingly barren and bleak, the story simple but effective. The overall package was something special. A sequel is guaranteed!

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"With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time."   - Canadian Online Gamers

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5. Shovel Knight - 86%
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If you enjoy old-school side scrolling games like Mega Man, CastleVania, Duck Tales, etc., then you will love Shovel Knight. As much of a love letter as any game can be, Shovel Knight is a fantastic throwback to games of yore, while adding a modern sheen to the look, mechanics, and level design.

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And hey, Shovel Knight is the closest thing to a Battletoads sequel we've gotten!

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"One of the best retro homages of recent years, that cleverly combines the best elements of older 2D games with plenty of new ideas of its own."  - Metro GameCentral

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6. Forza Horizon 2 - 86%
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Playground Games have worked year after year to make the Forza series a worthy competitor to Gran Turismo. Even though the two series have markedly different styles, one being arcadey and the other a sim, Forza has definitely become the top racing game on the market.

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Yearly installments allow the developer to make the series better with every iteration, while dominating public mindshare. But it isn't just consistency that makes Forza great, it's the graphics and the gameplay. Forza Horizon 2 exemplifies this with its open-world gameplay, dynamic weather, day and night cycles, and a huge range of cars to choose from.

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"An amazing example of online and offline racing built around an engaging, satisfying handling model with the looks to match. Very, very nearly worth buying an Xbox One for alone."  - GameStyle

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7. Mortal Kombat X - 86%
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NetherRealm Studios' ultra-violent fighting game made a resounding debut on Xbox One. Mortal Kombat X was every bit as gross, competitive, and fun as we hoped it would be.

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After a few failed experiments from the PS2 generation, NetherRealm has really found what makes Mortal Kombat great and are doing it with the utmost style. Embracing the ridiculousness of the series and continually tweaking the gameplay has made Mortal Kombat X one of the best fighting games in recent memory, and the best on Xbox One.

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"Its technically precise gameplay, lean storyline and gruesomely gorgeous graphics run circles around the previous entries in the series."   - We Got This Covered

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8. Titanfall - 86%
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As one of only two Xbox One exclusives on this list, Titanfall stands high as the consoles highest rated AAA game to date! It may surprise you, considering few talk about the game anymore, but Titanfall was incredibly well-received when it was released.

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Titanfall is an incredibly tight FPS multiplayer game that lets you play as wall-running soldiers, or huge mechanical Titans. It's easy to forget how hotly-anticipated it was, but Titanfall was a very big deal that just failed to keep an active player base. Despite this it is still a great game that set a solid foundation for future installments.

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"Titanfall is a ridiculous amount of fun. Maybe it’ll be surpassed, but right now it’s the best game on Xbox One and one of the best multiplayer shooters ever."  - Xbox One Magazine UK

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9. NBA 2K14 - 86%
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Despite there having been two installments in the series since 2K's NBA franchise debuted on Xbox One, it's 14 that received the best scores. The graphics alone wowed everyone when it debuted on next-gen consoles. I mean, just look at the court!

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But on top of the insane graphics, 2K implemented a fun career mode that featured cutscenes and post-match interviews, making you feel more like a true pro-baller than ever before.

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"Visually the game is stunning, and at times can be mistaken for an actual game of basketball. The gameplay is as solid as ever and is great fun, whilst still being a first class simulation of the sport."

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- God is a Geek

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10. Dragon Age: Inquisition - 85%
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Rising from the ashes of a series that seemed doomed to be abandoned, Inquisition became the amazing RPG we always wanted from the Dragon Age series. With a huge, sprawling world that changes as you play, fantastically detailed graphics, and a great cast of characters, Inquisition became the benchmarks for RPG games on Xbox One.

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One really impressive aspect of this game is the way in which it continues to surprise you and fill you with awe. Despite being over a hundred hours long, Inquisition is constantly throwing new challenges your way and making you change your style of playing, as well as your views. It reinvigorated a series and now stands in an echelon occupied by few other games.

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"There’s no hyperbole when I say that Dragon Age: Inquisition is the best RPG I’ve played in a long time. Hell, it’s the best game of any genre I’ve played in a long time."

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                                 - NZ Gamer

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11. Batman: Arkham Knight - 85%
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Despite being the most divisive Batman game from Rocksteady Studios, Arkham Knight is still a shining testament to world-building, characters, graphics and core gameplay mechanics. Whether you like the Batmobile and the story or not, Arkham Knight is far from a bad game.

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While the wound of this one may still be fresh for some, the fact is that in a few years we won't see Arkham Knight as the tainted experience we currently do. It will just fit nicely into the trilogy and be remembered as part of one of gaming's greatest achievements.

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"Rocksteady ends the Arkham trilogy with a real masterwork: a game full of dramatic turns of events, highly polished, with a varied gameplay and rich of things to do. It will be hard to be disappointed with it."  - MondoXbox

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12. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - 82%
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions blends together everything players loved about previous games in the series, and new elements that fit like a glove. Online co-op and leaderboards are definitely the best additions to the series that make this game much more tense and exciting than it ever was playing against the AI.

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Fans of multidirectional shooters, i.e. Asteroids, Dead Nation, Super Stardust, should definitely check out Dimensions, the latest in a long-running series that helped define the genre.

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"Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes everything that worked about its already-great predecessors, and brings them together into a new dimension of awesomeness."

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                                 - Arcade Sushi

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13. Child of Light - 82%
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As one of the most beautiful, elegant and memorable RPGs in recent memory, it's no surprise Child of Light features on this list. It might not be a 100+ hour RPG like every other that comes out nowadays, but Child of Light is exactly what it needs to be. It's a 2D side-scrolling RPG with elements of MetroidVania. It's RPG-lite and very accessible, but nonetheless memorable and polished.

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The turn-based gameplay is incredibly well thought out. It plays simple enough for those not accustomed to the style, and is nuanced enough for those who do. The story is truly emotional and touching and the whole game looks like a Studio Ghibli movie, as was the inspiration. Put simply, there are few games like this out there and there needs to be more!

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"...perhaps the best thing I can say about Child of Light is that I was often unsure as to whether I was headed in the direction I was supposed to, and I never once cared. I just wanted to fly to every corner of the world, take it in, and smile."  - IGN

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14. Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones - 82%
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Much like the original game, Stealth Inc. 2 has you play as a clone attempting to escape a research facility. With over 60 levels of sneakiness, Stealth Inc. 2 is one of few real stealth games on the market.

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The levels increase in difficulty as you progress and can become truly challenging. But similar to the Souls games, death is almost encouraged as a learning tool.

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"With some planning, a little patience, and a plethora of ruthless death animations, Stealth Inc. 2 is a fun and rewarding experience."                                                  - DarkStation

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15. Fifa 15 - 82%
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We begin our list with an EA Sports staple and the best football/soccer series ever to hit consoles. Coincidentally at number fifteen on the list, Fifa 15 is the second in the series to make it to current-gen consoles, and the little tweaks made the beautiful game even better.

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Improved player memories and emotions make for a more realistic football simulation, in which players' body language and facial expressions change as each match progresses. Additionally the fans, managers and bench players react for the first time. And commentary was refined yet again, continuing to improve the Fifa series. And yet, Fifa 15 is not the highest ranked football game on Xbox One. Regardless, here's what The Guardian had to say about the game:

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If this is your first Fifa game on the new gen consoles then you will be blown away by all the little details that together contribute to an overall experience not too dissimilar to watching football on live television.

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It was little over 2 years ago when Microsoft walked out of its worst ever E3 press conference. Little more than a week later it reversed all of its Xbox One policies over DRM, online connectivity and game sharing. Fast forward 2 years and the ramifications of those initial blunders are still being felt by Microsoft. But the Xbox team, including its head Phil Spencer, deserves a ton of credit for the way it's turned the ship around.

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But alas we're not here to dwell on the turbulent life of the Xbox One, we're here to celebrate the awesome games on the console. We've compiled a list of the highest rated Xbox One games to date, as rated by Metacritic. It's worth noting, however, that remasters and games that were released on Xbox 360 first, will not be counted.

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The games on this list show the diversity of not just the Xbox One's library but the games industry as a whole. 

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One final note: games that have the same score are in descending order of user score on Metacritic. And with that out of the way, read on and find out what Xbox One games are the highest rated!

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The 15 highest-rated PS4 games https://www.gameskinny.com/bdc6n/the-15-highest-rated-ps4-games https://www.gameskinny.com/bdc6n/the-15-highest-rated-ps4-games Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:58:47 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So that's the lot! Of course there are many more awesome PS4 games - we never even fell beneath 84%! And that's not counting the PS3 ports and remasters, which help make the PS4's library more and more impressive.

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The best thing about these 15 games is the impressive diversity on display. Last generation bore witness to the rise of digital games and the indie developer, and it's great to see that tradition is continuing and growing with the PS4. So we get games like Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 on the same list as Shovel Knight and Rocket League. There's truly something for everyone on the PlayStation 4!

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What games were you surprised to see, or not to see? Personally I thought Infamous: Second Son would have had a place in the top 15, and maybe Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. And what games do you think will make the list in future? Uncharted 4 seems a no-brainer, but what else? Let us know in the comments!

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1. The Witcher 3 - 92%
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This should come as no surprise, because The Witcher 3 is the most breath-taking and immersive RPG ever created. Fun, interesting, beautiful, absolutely huge, and with things to do at every single point of the map, The Witcher 3 is exactly what we'd always wanted from a fantasy RPG.

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You play as Geralt of Rivia on his last adventure, that of finding his loved ones and finally taking down the Wild Hunt. The premise is simple, but the characters make the main quest a delight to play through, and the plethora of side quests, all with an amazing diversity of characters and monsters, make this game hundreds of hours long, but interesting all the way.

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Simply put, The Witcher 3 is the biggest and best game on PS4.

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Its shockingly cohesive world is as beautiful as it is demanding, and it's packed full of mature content that throws you from one emotional response to the next. Its storytelling is superb, its combat is grippingly refined, and its often unforgiving nature only lends itself to a brilliantly rewarding experience.

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                                  - Push Square

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2. Bloodborne - 92%
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Rarely has a game felt like such a descent into madness. That itself is the story of Bloodborne. You play as the silent Hunter, who travels around the town of Yharnam battling the residents-turned-monsters. The premise is simple, but the game gets more bizarre as the story unfolds, and you may find yourself going mad along with it.

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Continuing the challenging template set forth by Demon Souls, From Software created a masterpiece with Bloodborne. Melding together everything that made the Souls games great, Bloodborne makes the action a little faster, adds a gun to parry with, and makes the monsters more than lumbering brutes.

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Bloodborne takes the best of Dark Souls and builds the unrelenting gaming challenge on a prefect foundation - it will test your abilities to the max. The first true must-have exclusive for PS4 is here. 
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      - LEVEL
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3. Shovel Knight - 91%
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The ultimate love letter to old-school 2D platformers. Shovel Knight is the true evolution of classic games like Mega Man, CastleVania, or Ninja Gaiden. But it isn't a clone or a rip-off, it's its own entity - and a fantastic one at that.

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Not only does Shovel Knight play like the perfect amalgamation of the games mentioned but it looks amazing, has an instant-classic soundtrack, and the PS4 version even features the God of War, Kratos. Shovel Knight begs to be played by gamers, young and old.

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Whether you were weaned on an NES like I was, or don't yet know what you missed in a time before you were born, Shovel Knight is an absolute must-play.

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               -IGN

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4. Dragon Age: Inquisition - 89%
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BioWare breathed new life into the Dragon Age series with Inquisition. As a series that had been waning and never quite reached the heights of rival RPGs, Dragon Age finally reached its potential with the 2014 installment.

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Dragon Age: Inquisiton is an incredibly dense fantasy RPG that took the open world genre to new heights with it's size, lore, characters, and world. Inquisition is easily one of the best RPGs on the PS4.

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With a huge, breathtaking world, an epic story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition embodies everything that makes the series so popular.

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                                                                                      - Shack News

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5. Batman: Arkham Knight - 87%
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Batman: Arkham Knight has been met with a lot of criticism since its release, and some of it well deserved. However, the criticism is resounding because expectations were so very high, and because we've already had 3 installments, the core gameplay that makes the series so fantastic is overlooked for Arkham Knight's flaws.

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My point is, at its core, Arkham Knight is an amazing game. No one can argue that is a bad game. They may not like it or think it was disappointing, but the game itself is very good. The characters, world, graphics, and gameplay are all phenomenal. The Batmobile controls well and the tank mode similarly is very tight, though it can definitely be argued that it's overused and unbefitting of a Batman game.

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Regardless, Arkham Knight is a great game and one of the best on the PS4. It may not have hit the game of the year highs that the previous two did, but it's still a testament to superhero games and world-building.

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...any frustrations I have with Arkham Knight don’t take away from the fact that I was unable to stop playing for four days straight, frequently in awe.

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       - Hyper Magazine

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6. Fifa 14 - 87%
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EA's classic football series debuted on the PS4 with the best entry to date. Fifa 14 brought the near-perfect gameplay that EA has mastered, tightened it even further, and enhanced the graphics. Compared to the series' debut on PS3, this was a real belter.

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We all know what Fifa is and who it's for, so it doesn't take much extrapolation to explain why the series gets better with each entry. However, it's '14 that stands as the best football game on PS4 to date.

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FIFA 14 exudes polish from every pore. It’s a great all-rounder, able to entertain players of all abilities.

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                                                 - DarkStation

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7. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood - 86%
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OlliOlli 2 is a skateboarding platformer that is equally frustrating and rewarding. Like its predecessor, OlliOlli 2 doesn't play like any other skateboarding game you've played. It's very tricky, no pun intended.

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The second entry in the series takes the skateboarding from the mean streets to the "Olliwood" hills. You play a variety of cool locations, including some that look like they're right out of Guacamelee. The game is as difficult, if not more, than the original, and well worth picking up if you want something different or skateboard-related.

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OlliOlli 2 may be incredibly difficult at times but it is also non stop fun. It takes everything that made the first game great and made it even better.

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                                                                                     - Gaming Nexus

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8. Rocket League - 85%
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Do you like fun? Then Rocket League is for you.

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That's all I really need to say, but I will break it down a bit for anyone who doesn't know about the game or is on the fence. Rocket League is essentially football/soccer with cars. You drive, jump, boost, block, powerslide, and even climb walls in order to score the next all-important goal.

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While the gameplay is where Rocket League excels, especially in online play, the customization of cars is also a ton of fun. You can choose from an array of chasses, patterns, colors, tires, jet streams, hats and flags. So the diversity of cars you see online makes it feel consistently fresh and exciting.

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But to be honest, talking about the game can do it no justice. It's truly something you need to play for yourself to really get. And right now it's free on PS Plus, so join the 4 million others already playing Rocket League.

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Rocket League is a pure videogame defined by an excellent mixture of its mechanics. It's extremely fun, addictive, one of the best competitive experiences of this year on PS4.

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                                                   - Atomix

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9. Far Cry 4 - 85%
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Far Cry 4 continued the insanity of the previous installment but took it to the Himalayan mountains. The story may not have been as good as that of Far Cry 3 but the same open-world traversal, combat, and quirkiness remained true to the series.

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Paragliding over the hills of Kyrat, taking down outposts, finding masks and letters that shed light on the world, and shooting honey badgers with fire arrows is incredibly fun. And to be honest, if you don't like the sound of that then you wouldn't like Far Cry 4. Ubisoft created another great entry in the series and it's one of the best open-world games on PS4.

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Far Cry 4 pounds out an open-world FPS maelstrom of ridiculousness. It’s always in your face and it’s never afraid to throw numerous and diverse dangers in your path, just to see if you can adapt and survive.

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                                                                                 - PSX Extreme

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10. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - 85%
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The latest installment in the Geometry Wars series, Dimensions is the best on PS4 and arguably the best of the series. The gameplay is tighter than ever, the color palette and soundtrack assault the senses, and online leaderboards make it addictive.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a multi-directional shooter that is as fun and chaotic as it is hypnotic and challenging. Though this kind of game might not be for everyone, if you are a fan you will love what Dimensions has to offer.

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It offers plenty of things for all players, as the Adventure mode draws in new fans, the Classic mode appeals to veterans, and the leaderboards manage to fuel their competitive natures.

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                                                                - Softpedia

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11. Super Mega Baseball - 85%
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Here's a game you've probably never even heard of. I will say I'm still shocked that Super Mega Baseball is higher rated than any version of MLB The Show, although The Show '14 did rate at 83. That shows just how good this game is beneath it's cartoonish exterior.

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Not so much about the realism of baseball as it is the sheer fun, Super Mega Baseball offers a jump-in mentality for those who aren't lovers or familiar with baseball, and surprisingly deep complexity for those who do.

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Super Mega Baseball is one of the best baseball games out at the moment. Sure it may not be a licensed game like The Show, but the gameplay is as good as the official MLB game.

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                                                                      - The Sixth Axis

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12. Battlefield 4 - 85%
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As a launch game, Battlefield 4 really showed what the PS4 and Xbox One were capable of. With the series' trademark online play that incorporates a fairly huge landscape, trucks, jeeps, jets, and "levolutions", Battlefield 4 set the bar for insane war games.

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I'm sure you've seen them by now, but the levolutions are pretty amazing, from falling buildings to dams bursting. They dynamically change the gameplay and give you something to show your friends! The campaign leaves you wanting and the plethora of bugs/online issues were unacceptable, but for a first next-gen outing, this was impressive.

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As the first game to demonstrate the prowess of the Frostbite 3 engine, its explosive debut indicates a promising future for its technology. Gear up and strap in, Battlefield 4 sets the new standard for next-generation multiplayer.

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                   - Game Trailers

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13. NBA 2K14 - 85%
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As good as the core gameplay of the NBA 2K series is, the visual fidelity of the first PS4 version was what made it a must play - for everyone. Even if you aren't a fan of basketball, you should check the game out for the graphics alone.

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Another really cool feature of the game, more frequently seen in the WWE series, is MyCareer Mode, which sees you create a player and play a story mode. The mode came equipped with cutscenes and even post-match interviews with real-life personalities. Needless to say, fans had never felt closer to being a real pro-baller.

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...beyond impressive graphics NBA 2K14 keeps touching perfection in terms of gameplay, still as precise as ever, with a game experience still more satisfying due to the very well done AI. You still don't know what game to buy for your PS4 or your Xbox One? Think again.

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                                                                                - Jeux Actu

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14. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - 84%
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The game that surprised everyone in 2014, Shadow of Mordor deserves a place on any great next-gen games list. With a feature that truly screams "next-gen", Shadow of Mordor made a fairly bland story and world, extremely fun to play.

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You play as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor, who is murdered alongside his family by Sauron and his minions. The basic plot sees you kill every Orc ten times over in your road to revenge. It's really as simple as that, but the gameplay, skill-tree, and much-touted Nemesis System, are the reasons you keep playing Shadow of Mordor for a long time.

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It turns out that Shadow of Mordor is that rarest of things in video game culture - an unexpected knockout punch.

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                                                                      - The Guardian

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15. Axiom Verge - 84%
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Starting off the list is Axiom Verge, the latest in a long line of MetroidVania games, but Axiom Verge is arguably one of the most faithful to its inspirations.

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You guide a confused scientist around an alien world in order to figure out where you are and what the heck happened. Axiom Verge is very reminiscent of Super Metroid, and shows that there is plenty of life left in the genre yet.

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The exploration loop is incredibly satisfying, and combat feels both tight and adaptable, like a complex dance where the partners both accentuate each others strengths, allowing any weak points to fade into the background.

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                         - DarkStation

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We're coming up on the 2 year release of the PS4 (it seems longer than that, doesn't it?). And we thought it high time we celebrate the console and its games. The PlayStation 4 has a ton of games already, many of which are excellent - some even masterpieces, and we wanted to list the very best of the best. These highest rated PS4 games to date, as per Metacritic.

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HD remasters and ports will not be counted. That means The Last of Us Remastered, God of War III, Guacameleee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, Fez, etc. will not make the list.

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The reason behind this is simple, new games are more exciting. If we were to include those games, this list almost be entirely comprised of previously released games. That doesn't reflect the great games only on the PS4. 

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Additionally, when two or more games have the same critical score, which several of them do, we will rank them depending on the higher user score.

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So without further ado, let's just dive in and bear witness to the 15 best games on the PlayStation 4 thus far!

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Get Grimoire: Manastorm for Free until June 29th https://www.gameskinny.com/vbis4/get-grimoire-manastorm-for-free-until-june-29th https://www.gameskinny.com/vbis4/get-grimoire-manastorm-for-free-until-june-29th Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:30:01 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

Want a free game?

From today until Monday, June 29th, PC Gamer is giving out 200,000 Steam keys for Early Access game, Grimoire: Manastorm. All you have to do is enter your email, and you'll be ready to go.

The giveaway is being held in association with Bundle Stars, who offer bundles that save up to 97% off normal price, including a $19.99 Shadow of Mordor bundle of the game and the season pass - 60% off normal price.

In addition, customers who spend more than $8/€8/£6 before Tuesday, June 30th, will receive a free mystery gift of indie classics, AAA blockbusters, or Steam Wallet credit.

Developed by indie studio OmniconnectionGrimoire: Manastorm is a multiplayer mage first-person shooter utilizing abilities inspired by MOBA games like Dota 2 and League of Legends

Current features in the Early Access build include:

  • two game modes, Conquest and Free-For-All
  • six wizard classes, each with four unique spells and one unique passive ability
  • seven fantasy-inspired maps, including medieval cities, dark caverns, and towering cliffs
  • eight inventive mobility and utility spells, ranging from teleportation to summoning unbreakable walls
  • custom graphics settings and key binding
  • dedicated global server locations

User reviews are mostly positive, and patches and updates will be added as development on the game progresses.

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