Wolfenstein: The New Order Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Wolfenstein: The New Order RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Games With Alternative Timelines You Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:32:50 -0500 Alberto C.

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Whether set in a nuclear wasteland or a cyberpunk megacity, alternative timeline games allows to us wonder and drift on about potential outcomes in history while still keeping one foot within reality.

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Know of any games that portray alternative timelines that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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If there's only thing nuclear technology has given us besides cheap electricity, nuclear waste, and big bombs, it's games based on a post-apocalyptic era. But don't worry, this one isn't focused on the consequences of nuclear fallout.

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Fan of the 80's vision of what the future would be like? Also a fan of cheesy commentary, comedic narrative, running-n-gunning gameplay complemented by power moves, lasers, and power-bows? if so, you're in for a treat.

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What was thought to be an April Fool's joke ended up becoming one of the most unexpected and awesome expansions in recent gaming history. Ditching the more serious undertone of Far Cry 3, this stand-alone expansion used the same engine and gameplay mechanics while completely revamping the visuals and giving us a new story set in a dystopian world of 2007 by 1980s standards.

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Taking the role of cybernetic super-soldier Rex Power, your mission is to stop an elite agent-gone-rogue who plans to transform the world into a prehistoric version. To do so, you'll need the assistance of Dr. Darling as you save scientists, fight off the rogue agent's army, and kill dinosaurs that roam the environment -- all while collecting cybernetic hearts, performing power moves, and enhancing your skills through a leveling system.

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I mean if lasers, cheesy commentary, cybernetics, power moves, and dinosaurs doesn't convince to play this game, I'm not sure what else I could tell you.

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Freedom Fighters

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If you enjoyed the theme of Wolfenstein's reboot but got tired of shooting the same old Nazis and their augmentated soldiers, Freedom Fighters will be of interest.

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Much like in Wolfenstein, you play the role of a resistance fighter fighting for American independence, only this time you're fighting the Soviet troops occupying New York. And instead of being an agent for an intelligence organization of the U.S. government, you're a plumber. Yes, a plumber.

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In a world where the Soviet Union first acquired nuclear weapons and swiftly ended World War 2 by nuking Berlin, the United States found itself at a disadvantage and eventually was surrounded by communist nations that facilitated a full-out invasion of the country. As a simple plumber who was on his way to see a client, the player goes from wielding a wrench at one moment to full-time resistance, mowing down Soviet troops with AK's with the hope of liberating the city.

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Wolfenstein

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Nazis are bad. Nazis messing with experimental technology and supernatural powers can only be worse. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Nazi Germany had not lost World War 2, the Wolfenstein series is the franchise for you.

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However, the series has two plots you should take into account if are considering giving the franchise a shot. Up to and including Wolfenstein (2009), the stories take place during World War 2, and you play as famous agent of the Office of Secret Actions B.J. Blaskowicz, who is sent deep behind enemy lines to investigate experiments and paranormal activity conducted by the Paranormal Division of the SS.

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Since the series reboot in 2014, the plot revolves around a world in which Nazi Germany was victorious in successfully defeating the United States and its allies and is now acting as an occupying force in the continental United States. Still playing as Blaskowicz, you lead a resistance fight against the Nazi occupiers, who have augmented their forces with bizarre technology.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

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The incidents of Three Mile Island and the Chernobyl Disaster were significant enough to raise public skepticism towards nuclear power, but both were a cakewalk compared to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s setting.

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As you can guess, the game takes place in the Ukrainian area that was affected by the Chernobyl Disaster where humans, if present at all, live a hazardous life of survival fighting off other humans and mutants severely affected by the nuclear fallout of the power plant.

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Once again, game developers in the East delivered us a post-apocalyptic nuclear scenario FPS combined with survival and horror elements.

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Bioshock

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Another heavyweight franchise whose original title is now over 10 years old, Bioshock distinguished itself from so many other titles at the same for being a great combination of RPG and FPS gameplay mechanics that were supported by one of the most unique storylines and settings in gaming.

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The original game takes place in the 1960s and puts you in the shoes of a plane crash survivor who, by apparent sheer luck, finds a lighthouse and gains access to a secret underwater city known as Rapture. The city is the product of utopian visionary and businessman Andrew Ryan, who is also isolated from the surface. By the time you arrive, the whole city is anything but utopian, with the remaining survivors tearing each other apart.

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Bioshock's story is complemented by an art design and visual approach that resemble 1960s architecture, style, and technology in such a memorable way as to make its imagery easily recognizable even a decade later.

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Deus Ex

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Deus Ex might be set a few decades from now, but its backstory is one of conspiracies and power politics that go back hundreds of years. The Illuminati play a major role in this background as a mighty organization with power that supersedes that of nations themselves, including the US government.

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Set in a near future where human augmentation through cybernetics is a common sight, Deus Ex titles have you fulfilling roles ranging from ex-SWAT security managers working for corporations to rookie anti-terrorist agents of the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition.

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Deus Ex's plots are blacklights for any conspiracy theorist enthusiast that will take you through twisted storylines and plot twists in a Blade Runner-esque universe where actors like the Illuminati, governments, international organizations, and multinational corporations are in a fight for survival with each another.

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Avoiding spoilers as much as possible in case any reader might just want to pick it up for the first time, we can tell you that the chronological storyline order of the games is not the same as their release dates. The latest titles of the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided were published in 2011 and 2016 respectively, and both take place before the events of the original Deus Ex itself. So if the outdated graphics of the original seem too off-putting, perhaps the enticement of continuing the story after the latest games will convince you to try it out anyways.

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Metro 2033

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There are quite a few games out there that hypothesize the consequences if the Cold War had turned into a hot one. In the RTS genre notably, titles like Wargame and World in Conflict portrayed scenarios where Soviet and NATO forces faced each other head on. Metro parted from a similar idea.

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The backstory of Metro 2033 is one where Russia, presumably along with the rest of the planet, is now suffering the consequences of the aftermath of nuclear warfare that took place two decades earlier. You play the role of Artyom, one of the survivors of the initial onslaught who sought refuge in one of the subway stations of Moscow. As a member of the underground community, you venture beyond the safe zones to advance the storyline and battle both rival human factions and mutants alike.

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Metro's story is not just one you should play because of the interesting post-apocalyptic setting (the Fallout franchise fills in that checkbox pretty well too), but because the perspective of playing as a Russian is rare enough, and playing as a Russian survivor in a post-apocalyptic nuclear world is absolutely unique in itself. The story and gameplay developed by Eastern gaming enthusiasts 4A Games gives us a significantly different experience from the more Hollywood-ish franchises developed in the West. The game was such a success in both Russia and the Western market that the third title of the franchise is currently in development and set to be released later this year.

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Half-Life

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In addition to solid gameplay mechanics and making possible the development of mods that went on to become franchises of their own, the Half-Life series gave us a story that was identical in terms of historical development ... right until you started the campaign.

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Set in the shoes of a "simple" scientist working at a research facility, you start the game doing the mudane things every other working person does: talking to coworkers, putting on your work clothes, going through security checkpoints, etc. ... And then all hell breaks loose when you and your geek squad accidentally open a portal to another dimension that is dominated by a multidimensional empire bent on conquering everything they can.

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If this premise isn't interesting enough, the second installment is even more intriguing by informing you that the multidimensional empire, The Combine, managed to defeat the whole Earth in less than a day. You go from MIT-educated scientist running around a top-secret research facility in one game to fighting guerilla warfare and inflitrating Combine strongholds in the second.

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The Half-Life universe portrayed an alternate version of Earth that was subjugated by an alien force and at the same time showed an unlikely alliance between humans and another persecuted alien species with their common goal of liberation from the conqueror's fists.

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Not matter how many Call of Duty titles Activision makes about World War 2 or how many RPGs we play about slaying the ultimate demon-spawn-destroyer of all that is holy and sweet, they always boil down to two things: we either know how the story really ends, or it's so far out that the game world feels more like another dimension in a whole other universe.

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Here's a list of some of the top games and franchises, regardless of genre or age, that have had some of the most memorable storylines and plots based on alternative historical outcomes.

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E3 2017: Bethesda Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/t6pxf/e3-2017-bethesda-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/t6pxf/e3-2017-bethesda-predictions Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:59:02 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So there you have it! Those are my predictions for Bethesda's E3 2017 showcase.

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The picture above is the invitation that Bethesda sent out to the press for E3 2017, which depicts a theme park of all their titles: Doom, Quake, Fallout, Prey, Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls, and two locations under construction. This postcard was the basis for my predictions, as well as knowledge of the new studios. The two areas of construction I believe to be Wolfenstein and The Evil Within. If you think I'm wrong about that let me know in the comments!

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Bethesda's E3 2017 showcase is shaping up to be a very exciting show. With a handful of known titles like Fallout VR and some big reveals to come, Bethesda will definitely give us plenty to be excited for moving forward.

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What do you want to see announced at the show? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back here for more of our E3 predictions!

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Make sure to check out our other E3 predictions: 

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A New IP

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Bethesda's 2017 E3 showcase could very well close out with The Evil Within or Wolfenstein, or maybe even Fallout VR, but I think we might see a glimpse of something new.

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After last year's E3, Bethesda revealed that it has two new games in development that are on the same scale as Fallout, and neither is The Elder Scrolls VI. Todd Howard did confirm that a follow-up to Skyrim was in development, but it was a long, long ways off -- implying it may not even be this console generation!

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So that leaves us with the two brand new games of which we know nothing about. We don't know how long either of these games has been in development, although Howard did say (in the same article linked above) that both titles would be announced before The Elder Scrolls VI. That leaves us to assume that we could see one of these new titles revealed this year. A new IP would be the perfect way to close the conference, even if it is just a trailer.

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Wolfenstein: The New Colussus

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The Wolfenstein series made a return in 2009 with a reboot. It was met with decent reviews, but the series was far from back to its iconic status.

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So in 2013, when a sequel was announced by Bethesda, not too many people were on the edge of their seats. Wolfenstein: The New Order then released in May 2014 and received surprisingly great reviews. The game suffered from a flat-out bad first level, but from there on it was a fantastic shooter with great mechanics, an emotional story, impressive visuals, and a cliffhanger ending.

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Last year at E3, Bethesda showed a fake cmd.exe screen with DOS language on it, which showed the names of a few Wolfenstein games throughout history and their release dates. Fans quickly pointed to an unknown title beneath The Old Blood, titled The New Colossus, with no release date. It seems inevitable this is the new game in the Wolfenstein series, which VP Pete Hines has called "fu*king bananas".

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I would expect The New Colossus to play a major role at this year's E3, and I would also expect a release date for next year. I think both this and The Evil Within 2 are games we can expect to play soon -- but that's all speculation, we should find out the actual release dates on June 11.

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Mobile Games

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Two years ago, when Bethesda revealed Fallout 4 at E3, the company didn't want us to have to wait until November to play some Fallout. So they announced Fallout Shelter for iOS and Android. The game became a mega success for Bethesda, leading to a new game studio being opened in Montreal.

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This new studio has not working solely on mobile games, but also on PC titles as well. It's been two years since the studio opened its doors -- and therefore we could very well see the first fruits of its labor. Bethesda made a point of saying that there is no plan in place release a mobile game alongside every major AAA release they put out, but that doesn't mean there aren't any mobile games at all coming in the next few years. 

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I'm not sure what the next mobile game from Bethesda will be. The obvious option is another Elder Scrolls tie-in -- but I think not, especially considering that Elder Scrolls Legends just released. But maybe we'll see something akin to Hitman Go in the Dishonored universe?

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Doom, Prey, Dishonored 2 & Quake Champions

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Last year Bethesda released Doom and Dishonored 2, both to critical acclaim. This year, Prey was released, and I think it's fair to say we will see more of all of those games at this year's E3.

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Doom is the outlier here because the team at ID may have moved on and we won't see anything for a while -- however, I believe the success and popularity of the game will lead to some more DLC. This was hinted at by Doom creative director, Hugo Martin, who said they were considering a single-player expansion a few months ago. Needless to say, this expansion could have been in the making for a while now and Martin is simply keeping things under wraps. Any reason to go back to Doom for more single-player action would be welcomed by fans and receive a big pop at E3.

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Dishonored 2 and Prey are guaranteed to get some screen time at this year's show. These are the two most recent releases for Bethesda, and neither has received any DLC thus far. So we could expect to see expansions for both games.

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Quake Champions was revealed at last year's E3. The classic arena-based shooter returned with frantic action and 60 frames per second. The game has been announced as free-to-play if you want to use one character, and it's available for purchase to unlock the whole roster. The is an odd route for Bethesda to go down, but it seems the publisher wants to explore payment models. Quake Champions is a lock for this year's E3 -- and I would also expect a release date!

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The Evil Within 2

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Here we have a foregone conclusion: The Evil Within 2 will be revealed at E3 and likely release next spring.

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Rumors have been swirling for months about a sequel to the 2014 horror game from Resident Evil mastermind, Shinji Makami. The Evil Within sold surprisingly well and got solid reviews, leaving everyone to assume Tango Gameworks has been working on a sequel since 2014.

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The Evil Within was a fairly early game for this console generation and it's quite noticeable at this point -- with a jarring frame rate, overly dark visuals, and some odd control choices. These are small details that will hopefully be rectified with the sequel, which has the potential to be a big horror game and a tentpole release next year.

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Fallout 4 VR

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Let's start off with a safe prediction. At last year's E3 showcase, Bethesda, much to the shock of the audience, revealed Fallout 4 for VR. The company has already announced that the game will make an appearance at E3, and will be playable on the show floor for the public.

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Speaking about the Fallout VR experience, developer Todd Howard has called it mind-blowing and said fans won't believe how amazing it is. Of course this is probably PR talk, but the prospect of Fallout in VR is pretty enticing. There has yet to be any announced platforms for Fallout VR, but the game was said to be slated for release this year. Fallout 4 would be a massive boost for any of the VR platforms, but you have to imagine it would make an appearance on the most powerful hardware in that corner of the market right now -- the HTC Vive.

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Last year Bethesda also revealed Doom for VR, so we can probably expect to see more of that, as well as a release date for Fallout. We could be in for a surprisingly VR-heavy showcase from Bethesda.

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We're back with another E3 predictions list, and this time Bethesda is the focus!

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Since its first outing in 2015, Bethesda has become a mainstay at E3, and we couldn't be happier about it. The publisher is a powerhouse in the industry, and has probably overtaken EA and Ubisoft as the most exciting third-party showcase at E3.

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Last year, Bethesda released the critically successful (and fan-favorite) reboot of Doom, along with Dishonored 2. These two games were both very well-received, even if Dishonored 2 didn't sell well. This year, Bethesda has already released The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a card collecting game for phones, and Prey -- which received great reviews despite sub-par sales and some game-breaking bugs at launch.

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This year, Bethesda sent out its invitation to the press which featured some teases for the show. The publisher clearly has a lot to exhibit ahead of its conference on Sunday June 11, and I'm going to run down a list of predictions that you can expect to see. 

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Summer Games Done Quick (2017) Released Its Full Schedule https://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule https://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:01:12 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Twice a year Games Done Quick holds a speed running event, one in January called, “Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)” and one in the summer, which is coming up known as "Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)." The event runs for a week, starting on Sunday, July 2 ending Sunday, July 9. The full Schedule is on the official website.

Why do these speedrunners decide to do this event? Well, this event is to raise awareness and money for Doctors Without Borders (donate if can). Awesome Games Done Quick in January broke their record with $2.2 million raised and last year’s Summer Games Done Quick raised almost $1.2 million.

The schedule has many different types of games for everyone to enjoy. One of the newer games and first on the list is Nier: Automata. The speed runner Clint “Halfcoordinated” Lexa will attempt a two-hour run on normal difficulty. His nickname “Halfcoordinated” is due to his disability that limits the use of his right hand. We’re in for a treat watching this speed runner do the impossible.

On Tuesday, July 4  is the debut for Dishonored 2 on Games Done Quick. Blood_Thunder who has a knack for Bethesda games, completing Doom (2016) during AGDQ 2017 with a 54-minute run, Wolfenstein: The New Order at SGDQ 2016 which he finished with a time of 1:45:41 and at the same event Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with the time of 1:06:53. It’ll be great to see how he tackles the problems and difficulty of the world of Dishonored 2.

A game that is notably not on the list is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don’t worry though there are many other Zelda titles in the main schedule like, Twilight Princess HD on Wednesday, July 5th, Majora’s Mask on Saturday, July 8th, and a triple threat on Thursday, July 6th with A Link to the Past, Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening DX to end out the day. Even though Breath of the Wild isn’t on the main list, it has been accepted as one of the six “bonus games” that will get an unscheduled hour demo that will be played on the Wii U.

Breath of the Wild is a weird situation when it comes to speed running. Once you complete the 30ish minutes of the Great Plateau you are given the freedom to fight the boss and complete the game, but there are DLC and Amiibos’ to factor in the speedruns. But it’s great to see the process of the speedrunners with Breath of the Wild.

Games Done Quick is an amazing organization, not only do they raise awareness and money for charity, but they also show another side of a gamer. The side that doesn’t just play for their own enjoyment, but also the happiness of others less fortunate. Games Done Quick does great things for this industry and it’s not just playing or talking about games, it’s the joy they spread around.

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Kickin' Ass and Chewin' Bubble Gum: 20 FPS Games You Must Play Before You Die https://www.gameskinny.com/c0e7v/kickin-ass-and-chewin-bubble-gum-20-fps-games-you-must-play-before-you-die https://www.gameskinny.com/c0e7v/kickin-ass-and-chewin-bubble-gum-20-fps-games-you-must-play-before-you-die Sat, 19 Nov 2016 07:23:09 -0500 Damien Smith

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So there you have it, the 20 must-play FPS games before you die. From classics like Unreal, Quake and Duke Nukem to modern titles like Shadow Warrior, Bulletstorm and Wolfenstein: The New Order and everything in between, if you are an FPS fan, all these games are an absolute must-play.

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What are your thoughts on the list? Are they any games you think should be on it? Let me know in the comments below!

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20. GoldenEye 007

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Developer: Rare

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Released: August 25th, 1997

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Platforms: N64

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Here we are, the 20th and final entry in the list, and what better title to have as the finale than GoldenEye 007. Not only is it one of the most influential FPS games of all time, it was the third best-selling title on the Nintendo 64, behind Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64.

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The plot closely resembles that of the movie. You take on the role of James Bond, who must attempt to destroy a satellite knows as the GoldenEye. While it's single player and story are great in their own right, it was the games multiplayer that made it a success. The multiplayer allowed for up to four player split screen.

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With a decent single player campaign and gameplay and multiplayer that would influence FPS titles for years to come, there is no denying that GoldenEye is one of the best FPS games of all time.

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19. Metro 2033

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Developer: 4A Games

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Released: March 16th, 2010

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux (Metro Redux Only), Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4.

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Metro 2033 is a game I find you will either love or outright hate. I for one, love it. You take on the role of a young man by the name of Artyom, who lives in the northern Metro station known as Exhibition. It comes under attack by a group of mysterious creatures known as The Dark Ones.

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Artyom must travel to the station of Polis and request the help of the Rangers to help stop The Dark Ones. Throughout the journey, you must travel through the Metro defending yourself from mutants, Nazis and more. At times you will have to traverse the surface where you experience a post-apocalyptic Moscow.

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While Metro 2033 isn't perfect and has its problems but it is a game with a great story, multiple endings, wonderful atmosphere and has a perfect blend of both moments of action and pure atmosphere. Not only that, it is worth playing multiple times due to players being able to tackle situations in different ways.

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18. BioShock Infinite

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Developer: Irrational Games

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Released: March 26th, 2013

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

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Here we have another title from Irrational Games, developers of System Shock 2. This time it is the incredible BioShock Infinite. You take on the role of Bucker Dewitt, who is sent to Columbia, a floating city in the sky to retrieve a girl by the name of Elizabeth to clear a debt.

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Things don't go as swiftly as Dewitt would hope, as it isn't long before the authority of Colombia being to pursue him.To begin attempting to explain the story after that would contain both a ton of spoilers along with it taking all day. 

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With a fantastic story full of surprises, a beautiful and intriguing setting, innovative and fun gameplay make BioShock Infinite an FPS quite unlike anything else out there.

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17. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Developer: MachineGames

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Released: May 20th, 2014

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

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Without a doubt, Wolfenstein: The New Order is the best of the modern titles in the series. You once again take on the role of war veteran William Joseph "BJ" Blazkowicz. After waking from a 14-year vegetative state due to a gunshot wound to the head, BJ finds that the Nazis won the second world war.

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He joins a nazi resistance and must attempt to stop the Nazi's from ruling the world. While Wolfenstein The New Order's gameplay has an old-school feel to it, it adds enough modern twists to give make it a real breath of fresh air. 

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The gameplay combined with an amazing soundtrack, awesome weapons, beautiful graphics using the id tech 5 engine and an imaginative and intriguing story, The New Order is one of the best FPS titles in recent years.

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16. Duke Nukem 3D

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Developer: 3D Realms

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Released: January 29th, 1996

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Platforms: MS-DOS, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, N64, PSX, PS3, PS4 PSVita, Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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I knew that good old Duke got a few re-releases and ports in his time, but this is ridiculous. Well, I guess it all suits his character as he does get around a bit. Anyhow, very little introduction is really needed for the titular macho man that is Duke Nukem. 

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Essentially, he is a video game Arnold Schwarzenegger who attempts to stop an alien invasion after they start abducting Earth's women and impregnating them. This is done all while firing out witty one liners such as "Blow it your ass", Who wants some" and "Your face your ass what's the difference?"

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I know I might be coming across as being negative towards the game, but I genuinely love it. I am simply just taking this entry as seriously as the game takes itself: never very serious at all.

Overall, Duke Nukem is a damn fine game, it has great gameplay, tons of secrets to find, awesome weapons and enemies and some of the best level design you will ever experience.

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Yes, the game has a cringe-worthy hero and very sexualised content, but if you are to look past that and focus more on the game, you will begin to see the genius development behind it.

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15. TimeSplitters 2

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Developer: Free Radical Design

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Released: October 9th, 2002

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Platforms: PS2, Gamecube and Xbox

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TimeSplitters 2 is easily one of, if not the best, multiplayer split-screen FPS games of the PS2 era. The game has a story mode that sends the player through various time periods in an attempt to stop the alien race of TimeSplitters from destroying mankind.

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And while the story mode is good fun, it is the games multiplayer, arcade and challenge modes that make TimeSplitters 2 the legendary title that it is. The arcade and challenge modes bring the single player to its pinnacle. They pit the players in specific scenarios that they must complete within certain requirements.

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The game allowed for up four player split screen and two player co-op for the story mode. With tons of different characters each with their own strengths and weaknesses, varying locations and overall fun gameplay, TimeSplitters 2 is one of the best FPS games on the PS2.

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14. Soldier of Fortune

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Developer: Raven Software

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Released: February 29th, 2000

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Platforms: PC, Linux, PS2 and Dreamcast

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There are few games out there that can be considered equal to the violence and gore of Soldier of Fortune. You take on the role of John Mullins, working for a US-based mercenary organization know as The Stop. He, along with his partner, is assigned with preventing nukes from falling into the wrong hands.

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Throughout the game, you will travel to various places across the world, including New York, the Sudan, Siberia, Tokyo and Iraq. One of the unique mechanics of this game is the noise detection. If you make too much noise it will alert all enemies within the area. The higher the difficulty, the easier enemies will detect you.

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All enemies have what is referred to as "gore zones". This allowed for individual damage to the various body parts of enemies. It resulted in exploding heads, removal of limbs and even shooting them in the groin which they will clutch for a few seconds before dying, just to name a few.

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Overall Soldier of Fortune is a great game that does things a bit differently once you look past all the violence and gore. It offers a good challenge, excellent action-packed gameplay and a decent-enough story. What more could you ask for?

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13. Shadow Warrior (2013)

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Developer: Flying Wild Hog

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Released: September 26th, 2013

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

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A remake of the classic 1997 title of the same name, you take on the role of Lo Wang, an assassin for the Japanese industrial magnate, Orochi Zilla. Wang is sent to retrieve a sword called the Nobitsura Kage. After the retrieval goes wrong and getting captured, Wang awakens to find demons invading.

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Alongside a demon named Hoji, Wang must find the Nobitsura Kage and attempt to stop the invasion. To help you along the way, you will be armed with an arsenal of weapons and demonic powers. You will need to collect ki crystals, gain karma from slaying demons and find money to upgrade your weapons and abilities.

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Shadow Warrior is an old-school FPS game at heart with a few modern twists to it. It has a decent story, great gameplay and its levels have plenty of secrets and exploration to them. It is an awesome title that old-school FPS fans will love.

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12. System Shock 2

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Developer: Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios

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Released: August 11th, 1999

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Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux

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Another cult classic. System Shock 2 can be found on practically every best games of all time list -- and rightfully so. Similar to Deus Ex, System Shock 2 is a hybrid of genres consisting of FPS, RPG and survival horror all in one. You take on the role of an amnesiac soldier who is awoken from stasis after being implanted with an illegal cyber-neural interface.

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Now essentially a cyborg, you must find out what happened aboard the ship and ultimately escape. For completing tasks and exploring you will find chips that allow you to upgrade your implants and increase your skills, such as hacking, melee weapons, psionics and so on.

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System Shock 2 has a great plot, excellent and in-depth gameplay and a wonderful atmosphere. As far as sci-fi survival horror goes, you don't get any better than this.

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11. Warhammer 40k: Fire Warrior

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Developer: Kuju Entertainment

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Released: October 2003

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Platforms: PC and PS2

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I know, this one is going to raise a few eyebrows, but I have my reasons for it being on this list and I'll get to that. You take on the role of Kais, a Tau warrior attempting to rescue an Etherial named Ko'vash who was captured by Governor Severus. This starts a war between the Tau and the Imperials.

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I admit this game wasn't state of the art even for its time, nor did it change up the standard FPS formula. Look past that, however, and you will begin to see what makes it a special game. To begin with, you play as a member of an alien race as oppose to being human like in practically every other FPS game.

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Secondly, it was the first game Warhammer 40k game to feature the Tau race, giving the player a chance to see their culture and their unique weaponry and combat techniques. Fire Warrior tried to do something different. Yes, it isn't perfect and there are better FPS games that it, but it is an experience that no other provided. It is a without a doubt a must play for any Warhammer 40k fan.

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10. Deus Ex

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Developer: Ion Storm

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Released: June 23rd, 2000

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Platforms: PC, Mac and PS2

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Deus Ex is regarded by many as the best PC game of all time and is considered a cult classic. It later went on to spawn a sequel and three prequels. You take on the role of JC Denton, a nano-augmented agent of UNATCO. What starts off as a game with simple good guys and bad guys, turns into a plot of twists, turns and conspiracies with multiple plot paths.

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The game incorporates elements of four different genres, RPG, FPS, adventure and stealth. Those elements give the players the ability to gain experience points to increase skills, explore and use stealth or go in guns blazing.

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Deus Ex was a game that would influence countless other games throughout the game. While its graphics and stiff animations may be dated, it has great gameplay, story and soundtrack. Deus Ex really is an absolute timeless classic.

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9. Bulletstorm

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Developer: People Can Fly and Epic Games

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Released: February 22nd, 2011

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Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

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Bulletstorm is one of the craziest, over the top, violent, crude and brutal FPS titles released in recent years. You take on the role of Grayson Hunt, the leader of Dead Echo, a team of former Black-Ops-now-space-pirates on the run from their former Star General, Sarrono.

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Ten years after becoming deserters, the team spots Sarrono's battlecruiser. In a drunk rage, Hunt rams the ship, almost killing him and his entire team. Now stuck on the planet below the conflict, Hunt and his teammate Ishi alone must attempt to escape the planet.

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Bulletstorm's gameplay is anything but serious. The player gains points for killing enemies in creative ways. The more creative the kill, the more points he gains. The points are then used to buy new weapons, upgrades and ammunition.

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It is a great game with a unique twist on the general FPS formula. The only issue I found with the game is that its plot is a bit too serious for the ridiculousness of the gameplay and characters' personalities. Other than that, Bulletstorm is a barrel of fun. I can't think of another game to give you bonus points for shooting someone in the ass.

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8. Halo: Combat Evolved

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Developer: Bungie

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Released: November 15th, 2001

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Platforms: Xbox, PC, Mac, Xbox 360 (Anniversary Edition), Xbox One (Halo, The Master Chief Collection)

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If there was one game responsible for putting the Xbox on the market, it would be HaloThe series became the system's flagship franchise. For its time, Halo looked amazing and it's gameplay differed from that of the standard FPS games.

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While it's level design was somewhat varied in the later half of the game, it's plot was good and overall a memorable title. It was it's multiplayer, however, that put the game on the map. Before it, Goldeneye was the king of FPS multiplayer but Halo was the title to surpass it.

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Halo isn't just a fantastic game but a game that set a whole new level of FPS standards. It is the game from which many modern titles have gained their influence.

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7. F.E.A.R

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Developer: Monolith Productions

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Released: October 17th, 2005

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Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

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As far as horror shooters go, they don't get much better than the first F.E.A.R. Not only is it genuinely scary along but it one of the most solid shooters you will ever play. You take on the role of Pointman, the latest recruit to Fear Encounter Assault Recon.

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Your job is to stop a psychic commander by the name of Paxton Fettle after he escapes from captivity. Upon escaping, he has awoken a battalion of genetic super soldiers hell-bent on stopping anyone in his path. It isn't long, however,  you realise Fettle is only the beginning of a bigger plot.

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The game's combat is rock solid and despite being over a decade old, its graphics still hold up pretty well. The highlight of the game, however, is the soldiers' intelligence: Not only do they use cover and work as a team but they are always attempting to find a way to flank you. F.E.A.R. succeeds in both the horror and the action.

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6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl

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Developer: GSC Game World

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Released: March 20th, 2007

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Platforms: PC

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There are few FPS games out there that can compare in pure atmosphere to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The game is set in "The Zone", a fictional alternate of the real life "Zone of Alienation" surrounding the Chernobyl Power Plant.

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You take on the role of an amnesiac Stalker, an illegal explorer and artifact scavenger. You are dubbed "The Marked One" due to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R tattoo on your arm. Your only lead is instructions to kill a man by the name of Strelok. You must venture out into "The Zone" in an attempt to find Strelok.

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Starting with only a pistol and some ammunition, you will have to scavenge, fight and complete jobs for people. Along the way, you will face off against mutants, military soldiers, bandits and more, not to mention avoiding anomalies. It has a great assortment of weapons, quests, enemies and locations.

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The strongest aspect of the game is its atmosphere. There is no game out there that has an atmosphere quite like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. It surprises me that so few people ever remember or talk about this excellent, if sometimes, imperfect title.

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5. DOOM (2016)

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Developer: Id Software

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Released: May 13th, 2016

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

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It was a toss up between choosing the original DOOM and this year's remake for the list. By a thin margin, I decided on this year's remake. Why? As far as reboots go, they don't get any better than DOOMIt is an absolute kick ass title. 

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I can see it as being how the original games team would have made it. For the first time ever, I actually find it hard to play the original game since. With a good story, awesome gameplay, badass soundtrack and excellent redesign of enemies, it really is one of the best shooters in recent years. 

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4. Quake

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Developer: Id Software

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Released: June 22nd, 1996

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Platforms: PC, MS-DOS, Windows, Amiga OS, Classic Mac OS, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Linux, Zeebo

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Quake isn't just a great game, it is a game that we owe so much of modern day gaming to. It was Quake that revolutionized the Deathmatch, along with other multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag. It was also through Quake that Machinima first began, due to its in-game video capture of the series.

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Despite the fact that it isn't as it was originally intended to be, Quake is still a cracker of a game. It has great level design, awesome enemies, amazing atmosphere and a wonderful fitting soundtrack created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

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It may not be equal to the original DOOM in gameplay and polish, but despite the huge pressure on the developer and the compromises that had to be made, it is a damn fine game. As Stuart Brown (Ahoy) said in his video on Quake, "it wasn't perfect but it gave us more than we ever wanted".

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3. Half-Life 2

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Developer: Valve Corporation

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Released: November 16th, 2004

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Platforms: PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, Mac, Linux and Android

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There are few games out there that have the fame and reputation of Half-Life 2It has one of the highest overall review ratings in the history of video games. The lowest critical review score it received upon release was 9.2/10. Maximum PC even went so far as giving it an 11 out of 10, making it one of the few games to ever truly crank it to 11.

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Half-Life 2 takes place 20 years after Half-Life, where protagonist Gordon Freeman is awoken from stasis by the mysterious G-Man. The world has been conquered by the alien species known as the Combine, and Gordon must join the resistance against the Combine and put a stop to their reign.

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At the time of release, Half-Life 2 used state of the art graphics and physics. Those, mixed with great gameplay, a new setting and a great story, led to one of the greatest FPS games of all time. If you were to rate the best FPS games ever made by review scores, Half-Life would be number one for most gamers.

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2. Clive Barker's Undying

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Developer: EA Los Angeles

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Released: February 21st, 2001

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Platforms: PC, Mac

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Clive Barker's Undying is a wonderful blend of FPS action and horror. Set in the year 1923 on the Covenant Estate off the coast of Ireland, you take on the role of paranormal adventurer Patrick Galloway. Upon receiving a letter from his friend Jeremiah Covenant, Patrick heads to the estate to help him with his paranormal troubles.

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The game uses a combat mechanic where the player can use both firearms and magic simultaneously between both hands, something that was not again seen until Bioshock. With a great story, horrifying enemies, fast paced action and awesome weapons and spells, there is little to not like about Clive Barker's Undying.

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1. Unreal

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Developer: Epic MegaGames (Epic Games Inc.) and Digital Extremes

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Released: April 30th, 1998

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Platforms: PC and Mac

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Due to the popularity of the Unreal Tournament series, Unreal is often forgotten about. A seminal FPS, Unreal has you take on the role of a prisoner that was on a prison transport ship before it crash landed on the alien world of Na Pali. Escaping from the ship, you must navigate through the strange planet and find a way off it.

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It isn't long before you run into the Skaarj, a hostile and barbaric alien race who enslave and terrorize the natives of Na Pali, the Nali. As far as alien worlds go, there are few games that have ever presented a strange, unique and magical world like Unreal.

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A blend of the wonderful visuals for its time, magical soundtrack and fast-paced action, Unreal is one of the best FPS games of the 90s.

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It has been nearly 25 years since Wolfenstein 3D first released. While it wasn't the first game to developed with a first-person perspective, it was the game that truly kick-started the FPS genre. Since then, countless FPS titles have released, all hoping to be better than the last. The question is, what are the absolute must play titles in the genre?

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Well, today we are going to answer that question. Let's take a look at the 20 FPS games you must play before you die. To ensure a varied and fair list, only one game from a franchise will be included on the list.

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Top 10 Coolest Mechs in FPS Games https://www.gameskinny.com/iteig/top-10-coolest-mechs-in-fps-games https://www.gameskinny.com/iteig/top-10-coolest-mechs-in-fps-games Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Caio Sampaio

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1. Adam Jensen (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
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Many games allow you to battle against mechs, some will let you fight alongside with them and others will let you pilot them. What can be better than any of these alternatives? Becoming a mech yourself.

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Set in a cyber-punk dystopian future, Deus Ex: Human Revolution players play as Adam Jensen and have the ability to purchase upgrade to enhance his body, using cybernetic implants and microchips.

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Through these physical improvements, players can see through walls, fall from any height without injury and even punch through a wall. The protagonist begins the game with a mundane body, but as the story progresses, he becomes a walking tank.

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Who needs to deploy a mech on the battlefield, when you can become one yourself?

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Which mechs in video games make you feel the most powerful? Let me know in the comments below.

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2. Ronin (Titanfall 2)
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The developers of the Titanfall franchise found a way to solve the lack of options for players to choose from in the first entry of the series. The second installment of the series contains six different mechs and of them is Ronin.

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This robot is the result you get when combining a gladiator and a gigantic robot. Equipped with a sword, it can deliver deadly melee attacks, while it can also use a shotgun to blast its enemies away.

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Unlike most mechs that feature machine guns and missiles, making them suitable for medium-long ranged combats, Ronin gives to players the opportunity to get closer and more personal with the enemies.

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3. Mech Hitler (Wolfenstein 3D)
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In the game that helped to establish the first person shooter genre, players controled an American soldier who had been captured during World War II and taken to castle Wolfenstein. The objective of the game was to escape from the castle, defeating its security guards in the process.

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Stopping the possible escape ranked high on the priority list of the Third Reich and when near the exit, players needed to defeat the man who many consider to be the greatest threat this world has ever seen: Adolf Hitler.

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Developers figured this was not enough; however, and decided to arm Hitler with a mech suit, equipped with two machine guns.

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This encounter will forever be in the memory of the FPS fans from the 90s.

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4. Atlas (Titanfall)
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The first game of the franchise met an unfortunate end, as the initial crowd dwindled up to the point of leaving most servers in abandonment. One of the reasons for this was the number of Titans available for players to choose, but that does not mean that the few mechs featured in the game were not satisfying.

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Above all, one stands out: Atlas.

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While the other mechs mandated players to choose from either speed or strength, Atlas was the balance in between.

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Presenting players with an equilibrium between agility and force, this mech adapted to nearly every style players could have and this factor made it unique.  

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5. Incinerator (Hawken - Early Access)
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Currently in Steam Early access, Hawken brings to players an intense first person shooter experience and allows them to step inside a variety of mechs, which players can customize as they wish.

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Of all robots players can pick, one stands out: the Incinerator. Capable of delivering damage to several enemies at once, using its weapons to set opponents on fire, while protecting its allies, by absorbing the energy from the attacks of other mechs, this robot is designed to leave a trace of destruction behind.

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6. Liberty Prime (Fallout 3)
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Fallout 3 presented players with the opportunity to witness one of the greatest combat assets ever seen in a video game. Equipped with an eye laser and tactical nuclear bombs, it can turn the entire battlefield into ashes with the blink of an eye.

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Initially built  to fight against the Chinese army, this mech fights alongside the player, in order to storm the wastelands of the post-apocalyptic version of Washington D.C.

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7. REV9 Power Armor (F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin)
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The first mech of this list that players actually control. In the F.E.A.R. franchise, players may feel depowered, as they need to take down a legion of supernatural creatures, an army of elite security guards and a battalion of telepathically controlled super soldiers.

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There is a moment in the second game of the franchise; however, when all of this changes. As players strap themselves in the cockpit of the REV9 Power Armor, nothing can stop them, as they blast their way through the enemy lines.

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Equipped with rockets that can take down several enemies at once and a machine gun, for more precise shooting, this mech can suit the style of each player.

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8. Gaige, the Mechromancer and Death Trap (Borderlands 2)
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Borderlands 2 makes another appearance in this list with the fifth playable character of the game. Back in High School, Gaige built a robot, named Death Trap to protect her from bullies and once she moved to the wastelands of Pandora, the dynamic duo started to fight a different type of bandit.

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Players who chose to play with her were able to summon Death Trap, a small mech capable of attacking enemies with a variety of melee attacks that will keep its master safe from the foes of the wasteland, and from bullies.  

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9. The Badassasaurus (Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage)
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The world of the Borderlands 2 created an unlikely combination of comedy and a first person shooter. Developers achieved the comedic tone of this game through many techniques and one of them consisted of allowing players to face absurd enemies.

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This was the case of the final boss of the Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage DLC, where players needed to take down not only a gigantic mech, but also what characters in the game described as a “Giant Goddamn Metal T-Rex”.  Because a giant robot was not deadly enough.

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10. Mech Dog (Wolfenstein: Thew New Order)
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This installment of the franchise offered players a perspective of how the world could have changed for the worst. In an alternate reality where the Nazis have won World War II, players must fight along with the resistance, in order to claim Earth back from the hands of the Third Reich.

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Throughout the journey, players encounter many types of enemies, including the Mech Dog. While it is not very strong, its agility makes it perfect to ambush players that will need to be faster than the machine.

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This enemy offers balance in the experience, as most of the enemies are human and move slowly. The mech dog changes that and developers often used it to catch players off-guard, using the old trick of creating patterns and then breaking them. Once players had become accustomed to the normal enemies, the game caught them by surprise, by throwing the mech dog in the combat.

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If you are reading this, it means you have an interest in video games. You have probably played games that made you feel powerful, by giving you swords, rifles, grenades and every kind of arm you can imagine (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided allows you to fire a blade out of your arm). Only, nothing beats the sensation of piloting a gigantic robot, as you blast your way through the ones who dare to stand in your way.

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Video games are cool already, but by adding mechs, the “coolness factor” is multiplied by a factor of 10.

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Either fighting or piloting them, every time you encounter a mech in a game, you know that's the perfect moment to grab a beer and kick some rear. But in a universe full of dazzling machinery, it is hard to pick your favorite one. In order to ease your burden, we have taken that task for you. You are welcome.

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We listed the ten coolest mechs featured in first person shooters. Strap in and check them out.

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It's Groundhog Day: Here are the games you could play over and over again https://www.gameskinny.com/5jsk2/its-groundhog-day-here-are-the-games-you-could-play-over-and-over-again https://www.gameskinny.com/5jsk2/its-groundhog-day-here-are-the-games-you-could-play-over-and-over-again Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:30:01 -0500 Justin Andress

As most of us know (or are learning throughout the course of this sentence), this Tuesday is Groundhog Day, the day on which all of America crowds into a small town to scare the crap out of a poor giant rodent. It’s one of the nation’s grandest traditions for some reason. Also, whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not absolutely, totally has a real impact on the weather. 

At any rate, the best thing to come out of the silly non-holiday where we don’t even get the day off is a 1993 comedy masterpiece starring Bill Murray. Groundhog Day is the story of a selfish jackass who gets stuck reliving the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over and over again.

So, it’s in that spirit, in celebration of the twenty-third anniversary of Harold Ramis’ seminal comedy, that we present our list of the games you can play ad nauseum. Enjoy!

Fallout IV

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

To be totally honest, every Bethesda entry in the Fallout series — Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout IV — as well as any of the Elder Scrolls you can get your hands on. We only chose Fallout IV specifically because it’s the newest and, therefore, shiniest (unless you believe all those naysayers on Reddit).

Pretty much no matter how you like to play your video games, Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls or Fallout series are designed to be played the way you want them. First person? Third person? Running and gunning? Sneaky like a shadow? Sword and board? Liquidating everything that moves? It’s entirely your choice how you approach any of Bethesda’s incredibly detailed open worlds; your imagination is the limit.

Threes!

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Platforms: iOS, Android, Browsers

Because it’s entirely possible that you’re stuck in the office today, you may be in need of a good mobile game. Or, if you’re the daring type (or you’re lucky enough to have a cubicle jammed in a corner somewhere), there’s always Threes! The exclamation point is part of the title, but I probably still would have added it.

The best part about Threes! is that it’s available for free in a browser, even though it’ll cost you if you want to play it on mobile. Totally worth it, though.

It’s simple: you move the cards around the board using the arrow keys or swipes, depending on your platform. Ones and twos make threes(!), threes and threes makes sixes, sixes and sixes make twelves, and so on. After the ones and the twos, only identical cards can be smashed together to make a larger number. The goal is to make as large a number as possible before your board fills up. It’s easy. It’s also incredibly difficult. In other words, it’s addictive as a game gets.

NBA 2K15

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, PlayStation 3, iOS, Microsoft Windows

Even if you’re not a huge fan of sports games, there’s something about 2K’s annual basketball series that will still get its hooks in you. The challenging, strategic gameplay is challenging, but fair, and you’ll find yourself feeling less like a player on the court and more like a general on the field as you guide your team to victory after victory.

For the customizer, NBA 2K15 has MyCareer mode, which allows players to create a single player and guide them through their career. Of course, when you’re on the court, MyCareer doesn’t give players complete control of the team; instead, you’re responsible for making your player a valuable contributor while the series’ simply incredible player AI makes you feel like a real member of a team. It’s tense, it’s powerful, and it’ll keep you coming back.

Grand Theft Auto V

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Why wouldn’t you want to spend hours and hours on end just kicking around the state of San Andreas? Whether you’re boosting sports cars in downtown Los Santos or hunting down some meth in the decayed trailer parks of the Alamo Sea, the world of Grand Theft Auto V is one that’s never quite done revealing its secrets.

On the off chance you actually manage to scour every square inch of San Andreas, the game’s story provides several branching options that will provide at least a few new hours of gameplay each go round. Beyond that, Grand Theft Auto V’s mission structure is at its best in this iteration, which makes repeated playthroughs a joy, not a chore.

If you run out of all that, you can jump on Grand Theft Auto Online, design your own gangster and rise through the ranks. Don’t have new GTA money? Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may not have the graphical shine of the newest iteration, but it’s a masterpiece that stands the test of time. Trust.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, IBM PC compatible

There are lots of first person shooters out there, a lots of them have some multiplayer you can get down on. Call of Duty, Battlefield, all those games provide something of a rush to gamers across the world. And that’s good for them, but running forward and shooting at people gets real old, real fast… unless you’re dual-wielding automatic shotguns and mowing down wave after wave of enhanced Nazis.

For new iterations on the story — if not the gameplay — there are diverging paths in BJ Blazkowicz’s story that rely on the player’s choices, and the story itself really is worth paying attention to (a real rarity in the FPS universe). The real replay value, however, comes in the different manner of gameplay styles that players can use to murder the Nazis in their path. Stealth or straightforward, the number emergent gameplay possibilities are surprising, and no two playthroughs come out quite the same way.

1010

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Platforms: iOS, Android

Are you a fan of Tetris? For most gamers, that’s pretty much like asking, Are you a fan of oxygen? If you’ve been unable to find a solid Tetris clone for your mobile device, well, 1010 isn’t it. What it is is a game that takes the basic concept of Tetris — using geometric shapes to create complete lines on a board — and turns it on its ear.

In 1010 (which is free, by the way), nothing is falling. Instead, players have the freedom to place their random shapes anywhere on the board they see fit. However, a wider variety of shapes and sizes and the burden of total control make for a fun, addictive gameplay experience that’s perfect for a commute. It’s easy to learn but challenging in a way that’ll have you humming “Korobeiniki” like the good old days.

Super Mario Maker

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Platform: Wii U

If you have a Wii U, you can build your own Super Mario levels, share them with other players, play other people’s levels, etc.

If I have to explain why that’s awesome, if you’re not currently considering dropping $300 on an otherwise useless console, you need your gamer credentials revoked.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

I don’t know what the heck was going on with the plot of Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, and I suspect there’s a larger number of people out there who are on my team than will freely admit it. The game’s story was weird, unrewarding, and annoying for any series newcomers.

But, man, was Metal Gear Solid V fun to play. Once you get the opening series of whatever that was out of the way, it’s just a matter of getting the hang of things before running missions through the huge militant playgrounds of Afghanistan and Zaire are a blast, no matter if you like to remain unseen or you really like to blow crap up. It’s like Rambo: The Video Game.

Rocket League

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS

What do you get when you cross a demolition derby, soccer, and multiplayer competition? You get a soccer game that involves insane acrobatics, bone-crunching car destruction, and the kind of endless desire to succeed that can only come from that magical barbecue sauce of rage and adrenaline.

It’s easy to pick up, but tough to succeed, and the variety of players behind the various wheels are generally just a good bunch of people there to play soccer Mad Max-style. Obviously, there are, you know… those players. But Rocket League is a special mashup of game styles that’s worth a few a-holes.

XCOM: Enemy Within

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Platforms: Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS

As the world prepares for the inevitable goodness that will be XCOM 2, take a visit to the previous entry in the series, the DLC-enhanced XCOM: Enemy Within. The original release, XCOM: Enemy Unkown, tasked players with fending off an alien invasion with a minimum of resources (and a maximum amount of skepticism from your funding countries). 

As the leader of a small international military force, you’ll meet the enemy on the ground in a series of procedurally generated levels, you’ll research new technology, train your soldiers, and endure permadeath when your leadership fails. It was an unforgiving joy in which victory was won in inches.

Then, Enemy Within came out and added a competing agency, mechs, and super humans to the whole swirling mix. You know, just in case dealing with budgets, new tech, base expansion, and soldier advancement wasn't enough. Even better, these days XCOM: Enemy Within can be played on pretty much every platform under the sun. If you’re a fan of turn-based combat and a game that reinvents the levels on each new play through, then XCOM is the game for you.

Okay, So What Did We Forget?

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Across genres, there are games that provide hundreds of hours or gameplay, games that require multiple choices, and games that have simply perfected the perfect gameplay loop. 

So, which ones did we forget, and exactly how upset are you that we were so thoughtless?

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In-game collectables, how I loath thee https://www.gameskinny.com/dpsvy/in-game-collectables-how-i-loath-thee https://www.gameskinny.com/dpsvy/in-game-collectables-how-i-loath-thee Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:02:20 -0400 Chelsea Senecal

In-game collectibles have sparked several debates on forums regarding their true merit and purpose. Many gamers feel that they are a gimmick in making the game seem longer, while others find them fun when done right.

After years of considering myself a completionist, I can truly say that collectibles alone have ended that. A few games with fairly easy battles, ridiculously fun mechanics, or engaging stories were cut short of my 100% completion rate due to arbitrary collecting.

While grinding to level is equally annoying (for the often same reasons), it at least serves a purpose to furthering your gameplay. 

Too often we are expected to spend hours mindlessly collecting while developing carpal tunnel or a migraine. However, there are examples of both good and bad collectibles.

The bad: time consuming crap

The first game that comes to mind is Assassin's Creed (and especially Black Flag). It has a cool storylines, interesting gameplay, and at the time, innovative mini-games, like whale hunting. However, those damn Animus fragments... all for a trophy and a cheat. While that sounds like it might be worth it, that's 200 fragments. And in Black Flag, most are on individual little islands with no other incentive to stop there. So, get on you ship, sing a shanty and head to a tiny island, jump off, swim to shore, grab your fragment, swim back to the ship and off to the next island. 100 times.

No thanks. The rewards are kind of cool, however, 200 is a lot and by the time you're finished, it's the end of the game. This was one of the first franchises that actually made me reconsider my completionist tendencies and I'm glad I did because...

Basically, every GTA game hands out trophies/achievements for collectibles. When I was younger and only had one new game a year, I appreciated the "expanded" game - hunting pigeons, stunt jumps, now spaceship parts, whatever. But rarely does the player ever get anything unique or useful. Rockstar likes to throw some cash or weapons your way and if everything is done, here's a trophy. However, to adamantly seek each hidden package as an adult with s*** to do, ain't nobody got time for that. 

The good: world-expanding nuggets

Far Cry 4 has a unique system of collecting where the objects are placed in areas you would go anyway and there aren't a million posters to destroy. Every time you do collect, you get rep that later benefits your gameplay by opening up weapons and tools while it's still relevant. That's fair. 

Wolfenstein is another great example. The structure of the game makes it easy to see what you've collected and what you need. Because the game is set up as levels, and not open world, you can go through the level as many times as needed to find what you're missing. You'll never ask yourself, "Where the hell is that one painting in all of Skyrim?"

Mass Effect's collectors (pun intended) are my favorite. They give you lore and deeper information about your universe. The objects are rarely shoved in your face, there is not a ridiculous amount of them, and there isn't a map showing you exactly where they are. Collecting insignias, finding keepers, and locating Asari writings actually encourage you to explore the areas while learning about the war that you, as the player, were just thrown into.

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So, you're probably saying, "Just don't get them. No one is forcing you to collect anything. You're just lazy." And that's fair. However, we can't let the game devs off the hook completely. If it's obvious that the collectibles were used to make the game seem longer, then that's not very cool. No one buys Assassin's Creed because they want to play a 40 hour game of I Spy. 

However, if the collectibles actually do, in fact, add depth and engagement to the game without feeling disjointed and half-assed, then that's awesome and I'd gladly hunt down every piece.

What are your most loved and hated collectables?
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New Wolfenstein game possibly leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/fjvmd/new-wolfenstein-game-possibly-leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/fjvmd/new-wolfenstein-game-possibly-leaked Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:49:23 -0400 Samantha Wright

A new Wolfenstein game may have accidentally been leaked.

Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, the voice actor for Anya Oliwa in Wolfenstein: The New Order conducted an interview with Polish TV station TVN yesterday. The interview, translated by Eurogamer, seemingly reveals that she is working on a new game. 

She stated that she was working on a sequel to a game that she had worked on before. She then proceeded to tell the interviewer that she had played the game as a child and was extremely happy when she got to the end and was able to kill Hitler:

"I'm working on a video game, first part of which I have already made. Now we're making a second one, which will take two more years... I played this game as a child. I was very happy when I got to the point where I could shoot Hitler."

In June 2014 during a Giant Bomb interview, Jens Matthies, the creative director for MachineGames, stated that the developer was hopeful for a sequel, but no new game has been officially announced. No one else related to the project has hinted at a sequel either.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood released May 5, 2015, but it is an expansion pack, not a full game, and is a prequel to The New Order, not a sequel; The Old Blood should not be related to Matthies' statement.

Another installment in the Wolfenstein series is very likely though, considering The New Order sold well and was generally well received.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. It was developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda.

Be sure to check out our review of the Wolfenstein: The New Order here.

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Top 5 Greatest Girlfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/g2xr5/top-5-greatest-girlfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/g2xr5/top-5-greatest-girlfriends Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:55:31 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Marle

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Chrono Trigger
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Boy, Chrono Trigger has a lot of things that could make #1 on a list, doesn't it? Well, here's another one: Marle, the marksman, cleric, ice mage, exiled princess, and greatest girlfriend in the video game universe. 

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First of all, how cool is it that they made the healing party member have some sass in this game? In other games they always make the cleric be some gentle girly-girl, but not Marle: Marle is the rudest, boldest, and most vicious of the whole Chrono Crew. She'll back-talk dinosaur kings and shoot cosmic horrors in the face with nothing but her trusty crossbow. Or by dropping an ice mountain on it.

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But that's not the reason she's the best girlfriend: the reason Marle Guardia is the best girlfriend of all time is that she climbed an Eldritch-spawn-infested demon-mountain from the future so she could bring her man back from the dead.

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This game had the balls to actually kill off Crono, the main protagonist. Marle had the bigger balls to defy time itself to bring him back. It's a long quest line, and that mountain is hard as shit. But she was not only willing but driven to fight her past hordes of bosses, up a frozen post-nuclear mountain, and snatch her love from the jaws of the devourer of worlds. And afterwords, help you kill that ugly bastard. That is some love, dedication, and outright badassery. If I had a girlfriend and got blasted to atoms by giant deer-tick Cthulhu, my ass would stay dead. Because that girlfriend would not be Marle.

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Honorable Mentions
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Elena and Cloe, from the Uncharted series

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Skylar Sinclair, from The Saboteur

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Berri, from Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Silvia, from the Viewtiful Joe series

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Lucy and Nix, from Infamous 2

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Anybody else? Who else is an awesome video game girlfriend?

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2. Paula

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Earthbound
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You think Ness is the protagonist of Earthbound? And this cute little girl is his faithful JRPG healing sidekick? Ha! Brother, you've got it exactly backwards.  Ness is only there to keep her healed so she can annihilate her enemies with lightning and hellfire. Her's is the true face of the destroyer. She is Armageddon with a pretty pink bow. She makes the supposed boy protagonist look like a chump. Paula is awesome.

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She's insanely brave too. She isn't just haplessly thrown into the adventure: she just realizes that saving the world is part of her destiny and goes with it. She doesn't even hesitate. She just says "Ness, let's go. We have a planet to save and I know just the crew for the job."

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Think about that. Even if I had demigod-like powers at my disposal like Paula has, I would at least think twice about going on a giant globe-trotting quest like this. I would be pretty scared, even now as a grown-ass man. But never once does she lose her cool. How does she fit those balls under that dress?

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 And on top of all of that, she knowingly volunteers to help Ness fight this.

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3. Anya Oliwa

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Wolfenstein: The New Order
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Finally, BJ Blaskowitz meets a girl who's crazy about killing Nazis as he is.

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In the main game she's already pretty great: she helps out with missions, intercepts messages, and makes loud, passionate love to our hero to the embarrassment of her friends. All admirable qualities as a supporting character.

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But then we hear her collectible diaries, and we learn that before the events of the game she waged a one-woman war on the Nazis that makes Inglorious Basterds look tame. Entry after entry about cartoonishly violent Nazi murder, from running them over with her car to feeding them cyanide sausages. She is a walking Tarantino movie. Listen to them here: you will either be disturbed or, if you're like BJ, extremely aroused. They're perfect for each other.

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4. Ophelia

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As Eddie Riggs would say: "God, she's awesome."

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As with everything in the Brutal Land, Ophelia is the heavy metal girlfriend amplified. She isn't just a chick with black fingernails and weird jewelry; she's a chick with black fingernails and weird jewelry that slays demons, rescues damsels, talks like a Viking, and tears the bones from wild motorcycle-pigs with her bare hands. And then uses those bones to make cannons for her battle-sisters. That's brutal. Just one more reason I totally want to live in Brutal Legend.

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5. Juliet Starling

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Lollipop Chainsaw
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When Juliet finds Nick, her boyfriend, in this game, the first thing she does is chainsaw his head off and wear it on her belt like a Tamagatchi. She's a great girlfriend.

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But yes, that boyfriend is still alive as a head and she's trying to find a way to bring back the rest of him with magic or something. I don't know, the game was too crappy to finish. But hey, that means that the girlfriend gets to be the protagonist for once! Now the girl is the one slaying zombie hordes by the bushel while the guy is a literal helpless hanger-on. He's pretty depressed and weirded-out at the whole experience, but he should be more grateful: she managed to save 1/7th of him, after all.

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When we're talking about video games and their significant others, I really do mean significant: there is no overestimating the importance of a good love interest. Especially when these lovely ladies make their big, strong boyfriends look like wusses in comparison.

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These are the Top 5 girlfriends who support, love, and destroy the weak alongside their guyfriends. And, often at the same time, make them their bitches.

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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The Nuclear Collection: Five games fueled by nuclear fallout https://www.gameskinny.com/s7wsr/the-nuclear-collection-five-games-fueled-by-nuclear-fallout https://www.gameskinny.com/s7wsr/the-nuclear-collection-five-games-fueled-by-nuclear-fallout Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:26:23 -0400 MarkL_TGG

The Fallout series is best known for its elements of nuclear warfare, radiation, and the mutations that occur within the thick of, well, the fallout; but it is only one of many games fueled by the terrifying thought of nuclear weaponry. Following the reveal of Fallout 4, it seems only fitting to take a look at some titles spurred by nuclear concepts, be it the wake of a missile detonated over a populous or actions fueled by the threat of a madman's possession of a nuke. 

Snuggle up to your Geiger counter and ready yourself for gaming's most nuclear storylines.

Fallout

As the entire series is the aftermath of an unseen nuclear war, Fallout is a prime subject. Gamers start off inside underground societies known as Vaults, designed and built to protect citizens after nuclear war. Stepping outside of the Vault, though, we are introduced to an entire city sacked by nuclear attacks.

The series showcases the most extreme sides of the aftermath. Mutations are rampant, and water sources are heavily radiated and hazardous; but it also shows an idea of how society would dissolve after such events. The player crosses paths with rogue bandits, desolate civilizations, and oppressive leaders - the staples of a world gone mad. 

Despite being set in a fictional universe, one can't help but feel a tinge of despair when they hear the stories of survivors, sometimes literally seeing their tales of woe manifested in their physical mutations. 

The Fallout series is quite possibly the best look of a world gone nuclear that gaming has to offer, and that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Rex

Metal Gear?

The Metal Gear Solid series is laden with talk of nuclear weapons, so much so that the series is named for the very vessel designed to carry these deadly warheads. The original Metal Gear introduced the bipedal tank designed to launch nuclear missiles, a design concept carried over to 1998's Metal Gear Solid. The games are known for the many complexities in the plot, but that threat of nuclear attacks is constantly looming. It wasn't until the prequel, Snake Eater, where a nuclear device was actually physically used to drive the story forward.

In what appeared to be an act of defiance against the United States, a CIA agent codenamed The Boss allowed Soviet GRU Colonel Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin to launch a portable nuke at a Soviet research installation.

The Boss' actions were deemed traitorous by the United States to save face with the Soviets though it was the CIA who had provided the two portable warheads to be used to gain Volga's trust. It was a story ripe with twists, turns, and heartbreak, kick-started by one nuclear detonation.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein New York

Nazis have been a delight for gamers to square off against since Wolfenstein made its début in the early 90's, but few instances of this enemy superpower have been as satisfying to battle as the representation in Wolfenstein: The New Order. It's not just that Nazis are evil, it's that, in The New Order, Nazis won World War II - and they did so by nuking the eastern seaboard of the United States.

With cities like New York in shambles after Germany's use of nuclear weaponry, the Nazis were quick to win the war. Though The New Order is far from the first media to put the United States on the losing side, throwing you behind enemy lines as they revel in their earlier victory is maddening and sets the dreary tone for the game. It also makes B.J. Blazkowicz' brutal Nazi slaughter more fun than it really should be. Especially as a former New Yorker, it's tough not to think of a fiery Manhattan each time an unknowing German soldier unwillingly meanders into my warpath. 

Shin Megami Tensei

Shin Megami Tensei

So, this one may throw a few people off, but earlier titles in the Shin Megami Tensei series do revolve heavily around nuclear war. It may not be the driving point of the current games, but, like Interplay Entertainment and Bethesda's series, it's the reason the world exists in the fashion that it does.

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei focus on the fallout of prolonged nuclear war. Rather than being faced with a wasteland of radiation and bandits, though, gamers are introduced to a version of Tokyo infested with demons. Thirty-six years before the start of Megami Tensei II, a nuclear war, incited by Satan, destroyed the world and opened up trans-dimensional portals, allowing demons to come and go as they please. In Shin Megami Tensai, nuclear warheads are used to suppress a demon invasion, though the creeps still roam the city freely decades after. 

Atlus' unique spin on the aftermath of nuclear war is refreshing, especially to one who enjoys demons, transdimensional rifts, and the Devil.

Metro 2033

Metro Puppies

Good radioactive puppies!

Like Fallout, Metro 2033 presents a city in shambles after an apocalyptic nuclear attack. Also like Fallout, Metro shows how people in the area deal with such devastation. Where the two diverge, outside of Metro being more action-oriented, is that THQ's first-person shooter is much grittier. 

Fallout certainly represents a desolate world, but Metro's just comes across as a scarier, more overwhelming, and even more-so depressing to witness. That may be because you spend a good part of Metro underground, avoiding the terrors that lurk in the Russian wasteland. On the surface, Russia is completely uninhabitable, and any time spent must either be brief or accompanied with a working gas mask and some heavy artillery. 

Though you don't get to see the events that lead up to this starkness, you can definitely get a feel for just how devastating it was, from the grumblings within the Metro to the deadly monstrosities that now control Russia's surface.

Well, Vault Dwellers, think a pivotal title was missed? Leave a comment below, discuss, enjoy the conversation - you never know when the big one might be dropped.

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Bottoms Up: 10 Drinking Games from Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/kqc6o/bottoms-up-10-drinking-games-from-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/kqc6o/bottoms-up-10-drinking-games-from-video-games Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:55:57 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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There you have it, a new excuse to invite your friends over and play some games (as if you needed another one). Have suggestions for drinks or games to play these with? Sound off in the comments!

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Stay thirsty my friends! 

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Confusion - Adventure Games

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Older adventure games are infamous for their obtuse puzzles and hard-to-find key items resulting in extreme pixel hunting. Now that we are adults, let’s replay the most frustrating parts of our childhood like an adult can!

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The Rules:
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Choose an older adventure of your choice (GOG.com has a plethora of great titles) and play. Whenever you encounter some cryptic hints, obtuse instructions, or illogical puzzle, bottoms up! For every five minutes you cannot progress, have another drink!

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The Drink of Choice:
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The peppermint of a Starry Night shot will open your sinuses and maybe help induce an epiphany. I doubt it though. But hey, at least you will be having fun being stuck right? 

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Dead Nazis - Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Who doesn’t enjoy Nazi killing? The Nazis have been around since the birth of gaming, but The New Order actually gave us personal reasons to perpetrate violent acts against the Nazi regime. You could play any WW 2 shooter, but why not play the great The New Order?

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The Rules:
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A Nazi dies; you drink! Whether the Nazi dies in a cutscene, by your hands or someone else’s, it matters not. All that matters is whenever Nazi blood is shed, bottoms up!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Why a Dead Nazi of course! Is there a more fitting drink for this? I think not. 

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Tower Time - Ubisoft games

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At this point, Ubisoft games have become so predictable; they can be predicted far in advance of release. A key mechanic of each Ubi game revolves around capturing a watchtower of some sort. This mechanic started in Assassin’s Creed, and has been present in nearly Ubisoft game since. So let’s take advantage of it!

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The Rules:
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Boot up the Ubisoft game of your choice. Whenever you capture a watchtower, radio tower, or whatever the hell it’s called now, drink! It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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The Drink of Choice:
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 Instead of a bottled drink, mixed drinks would be better for this game. Bloody Marys and Painkillers would be an ideal choice, since this event happens often, but not enough to justify a bottled brew. 

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Bug Hunt - Bethesda games

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Besides creating huge sandbox worlds for players to explore, Bethesda is known for their bugs. Holy crap the bugs are strong with these games. I understand it’s impossible to eliminate every bug in a huge game world, but it seems reasonable to expect less bugs in their games than Starship Troopers.

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The Rules:
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Before you start, you and each of your friends choose a drink. The first person to spot a bug has the other participants take the drink they chose. After each drink, new drinks are chosen and the controller is handed off to another player. Before you know it, you’ll be more interested in finding bugs than treasure.

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Witchin’ Time - Bayonetta

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I love Bayonetta. I absolutely love the ridiculous over-the-top nature of the combat and enemy design as well as the nonsensical story. One of the main mechanics is the use of Bayonetta’s hair. She uses her hair to empower her attacks, so powerful attacks leave her with less clothing. Did I mention her clothing is her hair? It’s a bizarre title to be sure.

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The Rules:
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Another simple one here, whenever Bayonetta’s clothing becomes slightly revealing, you drink. Needless to say, you’ll be surprised how many drinks you’ll have downed within the hour.

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The Drink of Choice:
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Again, you’ll want a bottled beverage for this one. If you desire, you can hand off the controller between combat pieces and stages so you can spectate and drink, because spectators must play the game too! 

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Hatred - Call of Duty

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We have all been playing a multiplayer game of sorts and then it happens: the toxic player show up. If they aren’t criticizing you for every move you make, they are hurling racist, sexist, and bigoted insults at you and others for no discernible reason except to make everyone as miserable as they are. So why not try to make it slightly enjoyable?

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The Rules:
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I named CoD as the go-to game because of its popularity and notorious community. However, you can play any multiplayer game of your choice. Play as you normally would, or play nice if you are a toxic person. When the toxic players show up and start doing their thing, you drink every time they say something nasty. They called your mother something I can’t repeat here? Drink. Hurled a racist insult at someone on a team? Drink. Criticizing your play style despite your score being higher than theirs? Drink. Soon you’ll be happy to hear them open their mouths and spew their spiel.

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since you’ll be drinking fast and often, you’ll want your favorite bottled beverage for this one. Personally, I would take a Dos Equis Lager, a Smirnoff of some sort, or a chilled cider. The choice is yours to make! If you want to play nasty, you and your friends can alternate deciding the drinks before rounds. This way you can finally get your friends to drink that disgusting oatmeal stout you love. You monster.

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Battle Royale or Duel - Rock Band

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Ah Rock Band. It remains one of the greatest party games ever made. So why not use it as a way to show your friends how awesome you are at it?

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The Rules:
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This can be played with as many people as you wish and have the instruments for, or you can rotate. First, the roles of guitarist, drummer, etc. are placed in a hat, and everyone draws a role. Starting with a song of “Easy” difficulty decided by the host, play the song. The person with the highest points decides what the losers drink. The winner of the round also delegates roles for the next song, decides the next song, and the difficulty. Keep playing until you can’t!

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You can also play this with only two people, if you just want to get that one friend inebriated. Rock and roll all nite!

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I Wanna Die - I Wanna be the Guy

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I Wanna Be the Guy is legendary for its unrelenting difficulty that will have even the most veteran players curled into the fetal position and sobbing after a short play session. This is a game that has no rules and constantly breaks the rules of all games you have played. You can die on the bloody map screen for goodness sake!

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The Rules:
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This is as simple as it gets: you die; you drink. Yep, that’s it. Once you explode in a cloud of pixelated blood and gore, bottoms up! If you can last more than ten minutes at this one, I salute you!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since you will be dying and drinking a lot, you want something deceptively smooth and enjoyable to help calm your nerves after each death. The chocolate milk taste of a Nut’s ‘n’ Berries or the smoothness of a Buttery Nipple. Either way, you’ll at least enjoy the dying, until the next day anyway. 

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The "F" Bomb - Bulletstorm

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Any chance to write about Bulletstorm is a win in my book. In fact, I just wrote about how awesome it is, and why you should play it! As I mentioned in my piece, the game contains a lot of swear words. A LOT. Enough to make sailors blush and Samuel L. Jackson feel uncomfortable. So how does this translate to a drinking game? Actually, it is quite easy.

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The rules are really simple. Whenever you hear the “f” word or a variation of uttered by our potty mouth characters, you drink. This includes all characters though, not just our main character. So whenever that enemy curses you and you reply with an equally appalling swear, two drinks to you my friend!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since swearing is not always a good thing, an ideal drink would be something bitter and not very enjoyable by itself. Tequila neat would probably be the best option, unless you like that nasty stuff, in which case a substitute would need to be found. Before you know it, you’ll have been broken of your own swearing habits!

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Errand Boy- Every RPG made

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Everyone’s favorite part of a RPG is when in order to make progress on a quest, we must scratch someone else’s back and do them a favor for some contrived reason. You may be a Grey Warden, a Spectre, a Witcher, or some other powerful character; it does not matter though. At the end of the day, even the most powerful of RPG characters must bow before the power of the errand quest.

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The Rules:
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Any RPG will do. Simply play until you encounter a quest where you must perform an errand for some NPC in order to progress. You must drink upon encountering and accepting the quest and upon completion, this way of playing helps dull the sharp edge of frustration.

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The Drink of Choice:
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There are several shots which could make for an excellent companion to this one. The B-52, Breakfast, and Chocolate Cake shots would be my go-to picks. If you want to play with the grownups though, you could instead use a Three Wise Men or Four Horsemen shots to ensure quick inebriated questing! 

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We all love games, but sometimes our video games can also double as other forms of entertainment. I began to wonder, could I come up with some drinking games which are played with video games? Why yes I can! I’m not a big drinker, but I have a drink every now and then. After brainstorming this list though, I think I need to have a party! As always, please game and drink responsibly!

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How to Console Game on a Budget https://www.gameskinny.com/asmo6/how-to-console-game-on-a-budget https://www.gameskinny.com/asmo6/how-to-console-game-on-a-budget Sun, 10 May 2015 08:47:59 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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There you have it! While some of the tips might seem surprisingly simple, I promise they can work for you too. The trick is to apply all of these and to be tenacious. Don’t be discouraged and press on for the deals! We fellow frugal gamers can reap the benefits of being thrifty.

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Use these tips and let me know of the deals you manage to find! Can you think of tips I misses? Sound off below. Happy hunting!

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Combine These Tips

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While each tip works individually, combining them all can lead to great success. Being patient while prowling Ebay or bargaining with a friend can lead to massive dividends for you, dear reader. By combining the tips presented here, you will be well on your way to finding plenty of budget-priced games.

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Know Your Budget and Stick to It

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When game-hunting, make sure you know your limits and stick to them. While it may be tempting to grab that copy now for $50 despite your $40 budget, being patient and looking elsewhere can lead to a better price and money left over for you to do with as you please. Instant gas money!

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Your Friends Can Hide Deals

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We all have that friend who seems to buy every major release. They always have the newest games and usually within a week of release or sooner. Why not use those friends to maybe land some deals? Now this tip is not guaranteed to work as much as the others. This one relies heavily on your relationship with these people and your communication skills.

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I had a friend who purchased Mass Effect 2 on day one. Having the beat the game within two weeks, he was bored of it and was seeking to trade it. He offered to sell it to me for $20. I accepted. He was perhaps more desperate for money and willing to deal, but the principle still applies.

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Gamestop gives cash, but at a reduced price, and credit can only be used to buy things in Gamestop. So by making an offer or being approached by a friend like this, you can offer cold, hard cash or maybe even trade titles. Never underestimate a gamer who has grown bored of their purchase. 

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Ebay!

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Once upon a time, Ebay was a questionable place to search for games for a number of reasons. I am happy to report this is no longer the case. Gamers have taken to Ebay to find all sorts of great games for less. Ebay is where I found a pristine copy of Silent Hill 2 for only $5 on top of other bargains. Ebay is also a great place to get those Collector’s Editions you may have missed. I managed to find a Limited Edition of Mass Effect for $20 thanks to Ebay.

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The trick to successful Ebaying is to know exactly what you are looking for and to keep tabs on multiple auctions at once. Did that copy of Metroid Prime Collection get too high for your tastes? I guarantee you there are other auctions where the price has not hit that point yet. Keep a close eye on several auctions and their end times to ensure you are the highest bidder.

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Watch for Missing Price Tags

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In keeping with the retail theme, always check for price tags. Sometimes a store may not have a game labeled, due to it being so low or someone simply overlooking the title. Back when Circuit City had stores, I picked up a copy of Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction with a price of $20 and a copy of Beyond Good & Evil which was missing a price tag. I had money to spare, so I went to the checkout. My total?

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$23! BG&E was only $2!!!

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If a game piques your interest, but has no price tag, do not be deterred. You may just be onto a monster deal!

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Be Patient

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was released on May 20, 2014. In March of this year, I saw a copy in Target with a price tag of $15. While I would prefer the PC version, such a low price was too tempting to resist. So I asked the clerk to confirm the price for me. To my surprise, the clerk informed me the game was actually only $8! Needless to say, I walked out of the store as a very happy gamer that was eager to slay some Nazis!

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While gamers are no strangers to waiting for Game of the Year or Complete Editions, it is easy to forget just how quickly and drastically game prices can reduce. Restrain yourself from buying that game you so desperately want. Your wallet will thank you later.

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Look Often

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As I mentioned, I nabbed a Special Edition of Bioshock 2 from a local Walmart. However, I didn’t buy it the first time I found it. My initial discovery revealed an asking price of $55 - more than I was willing to pay. Over the next month, I checked on the game every time I was in the area. When the price was in my limits, I snatched it faster than a child nabs a cookie.

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When you find a game you want, check on it often. You may not always be the person who gets the deal, but looking often and waiting will do you more good than harm. Speaking of patience…

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Leave No Stone Unturned

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When I say look everywhere, I mean it. Don’t neglect your neighborhood chain retailers in favor of smaller shops - although those deserve your attention too. You never know what you'll find at the large stores.

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I managed to find a Special Edition of Bioshock 2 at a local Walmart and a Limited Edition of Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway at a Best Buy for $25 apiece. Many larger places order special editions of games, yet don’t always manage to sell them. Those stores are usually stuck with the ones which they don’t initially sell, which can lead to some great price reductions.

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If you ever go out of town or on a vacation, make sure to check the stores in the area there as well, both large and small. You never know you'll find. Also, never neglect your local thrift stores or salvage stores (such as Hudson's). While more of a shot in the dark, deals can occasionally be found. Just keep your expectations tempered.   

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Looking at the picture above, how much do you think I paid for everything in it?

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$300? $250? $200?

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Actually, everything shown cost me $135 total. Yep - these tips actually work. Before you know it, you’ll be finding great deals yourself! (Yes, that Bioshock 2 is still unopened!)

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Who doesn't like to get great things for less money? We all know the digital realm leads to some dirt cheap prices on games (here’s a guide from Elijah to tell you just that). However, I've noticed that most of these guides to cheap games focus almost exclusively on digital content.

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So today, I want to share my tips with you on how to get console and handheld games at rock-bottom prices! These tips are general and apply to all systems, for all time. So please make use of them.

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Now grasshopper, shall we begin? 

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Top 5 Games to Look Forward to in the Month of May https://www.gameskinny.com/m2hr1/top-5-games-to-look-forward-to-in-the-month-of-may https://www.gameskinny.com/m2hr1/top-5-games-to-look-forward-to-in-the-month-of-may Mon, 04 May 2015 07:25:00 -0400 Victor Ren

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Adventures of Pip

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Hailing from its Kickstarter roots, Adventures of Pip is a cute 8-pixel side scroller that comes with a cool retro style and unique mechanics. Pip is a small red pixel that goes on a journey to fight the evil pixel absorbing queen, and he has the ability to turn into a boy to make his fight easier. The further along you get, the more you can evolve, which makes turn certain scenarios on the map into easier ones.

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Adventures of Pip will be coming out for the PC and Wii U on May 14th, and this new indie game will be only $14.99.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition

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If you haven't played Shadow of Mordor yet, this is the perfect time to jump into it. The Game of the Year edition will be coming out on May 5th for the PS4 and Xbox One, and it includes all the extra add-ons that have been launched since the game's initial release.

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Shadow of Mordor received very high praises for its combat mechanics, and also for what happens when you die. Unlike any other game, dying has more of a significance than just a "game over" screen. Every time you die, you make your enemy more powerful, giving way to new taunts from the boss, and a tougher experience the second time around. 

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Splatoon

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It looks like Nintendo is getting into the 3D shooter genre! Well, less like Call of Duty, and more like the cute art inspired characters that they usually make. Splatoon is Nintendo's newest third-person shooter game coming out on May 29th. 

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Also, it is more of a turf war where players try to paint the map of their team's particular color, and the only way to do that is with well-coordinated teamwork and tactics.

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It's going a 4 on 4 fight at the end of May, and if you own a Wii U, this is one of the big releases you won't want to miss out on. 

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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One of the most lovable shooter franchises made returns on May 5th. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is coming out, and it serves as a prequel to The New Order. Through the story you play as B.J. Blazkowicz, and your mission is to infiltrate the Wolfenstein Castle to steal secret information. As you sneak through the dark corridors, new weapons are introduced along with an upgrade to the customization system.The developers meant for The Old Blood to be playable for anyone new to the franchise.

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One of the most exciting things about this release is that the game is only $19.99, instead of your usual $59.99. With the promise that the Wolfenstein franchise brings, it is almost a steal. This game will be released on the PC and both Xbox One, and PS4.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The sequel to the highly praised Witcher 2 is coming out on May 19th. It is an exciting time to be a gamer, as The Witcher 3 throws you into the beautiful Northern Realms, pitting you against the insane monsters and activities that come with it. Along with the well-crafted scenery, you are surrounded by a society plagued by social dilemmas as you travel through the towns and meet the citizens. 

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be coming out as a full priced title from the developers at CD Projekt Red as a ton of hype rides alongside it. With that said, there is no question this is going to be one of the biggest releases of the year.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Looks Awesome in This New Announcement Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ahxsi/wolfenstein-the-old-blood-looks-awesome-in-this-new-announcement-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ahxsi/wolfenstein-the-old-blood-looks-awesome-in-this-new-announcement-trailer Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:48:23 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a critical success, with many high scores around the board, so it's no wonder that Machine Games have been working on a prequel to it, called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

The press release quotes:

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood—Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves—pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two—The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs—our hero's search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

The trailer states that we will see new weapons, enemies, and secrets, but above all we get to stab Nazis with a pipe.

On top of all of that there will be a gameplay reveal at PAX East on March 6th and 7th via Twitch.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out on the 5th May 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It will set you back $19.99/£15.

Who's ready to start killing Nazis as B.J. Blazkowicz again?

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Top 10 Games I Played in 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/7eoke/top-10-games-i-played-in-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/7eoke/top-10-games-i-played-in-2014 Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:57:57 -0500 Elijah Beahm

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Tales from the Borderlands/The Walking Dead Season 2. Really, I can't pick between these two. It's amazing what Telltale pulled off in both an entire season with Clementine and a single episode in Borderlands. The storytelling was top notch, and the ending of The Walking Dead Season 2 still blows me away. You did good this year, Telltale. You did damn good.

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Telltale's games can be found on anything electronic. Your PC? Telltale. Your console? Telltale? Your toaster? Telltale! Buy it on one of them.

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I know, I know. One of my most popular articles on this site is about how Titanfall failed to meet the challenge. But hey, at least by the end of the year, it finally did. It took way too long, but with the addition of co-op, an in-game store (with only in-game currency, no real world money), and optimized matchmaking, the game is finally worth noting.

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The soundtrack is amazing, the game design is some of the slickest in the industry. It remains one of the best PC games I can think of. I usually forget about it for weeks at a time, but whenever I play it, I am satisfied in a way few multiplayer games can satisfy me. Titanfall isn't a great leap into the future of multiplayer gaming, but it is a fitting bridge between the games of old and the new games on the horizon. 

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There's a free 48-hour trial on Origin, and it's on sale for chump change right now. The Complete Edition is available as well, but it only contains the three DLC map packs, which almost no one is playing on PC. You may have better luck on 360 and Xbox One, but it's best just to get the core game. The new modes and all other content are free - and with twenty maps, you won't miss the nine new ones.

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My review for this one is nearly finished, but I just can't keep it off this list. As flawed and gritty as its protagonist, WET is an action game I just cannot put down. The mix of flowing gun-ballet, brutal sword-slashing, and gonzo moments keeps me coming back. WET may not objectively be the best game on this list, but it tops as one of my favorite experiences this year.

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The story is wonky, the graphics are badly aged for the year it released, and there certainly are some rough spots. But with a core as solid as WET's combat, I just can't help but come back every now and then. The added bonus of a score-hunting mode for every level in the game helps put a little spice in each replay as well. For more of my thoughts, keep an eye out for my review.

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WET is available on PS3 and Xbox 360. It's cheap enough to look past the flaws, and strong enough at its core to show you why it's yet another cult-classic of the seventh console generation.

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There's a free demo of Gunpoint on Steam right now. GO! Download it! Play it! Do it now!

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Okay, back? So you see why Gunpoint is awesome, yes?! This puzzle-platformer defies indie conventions by being more like an elaborate set of dominos you must manipulate until you achieve your objective - with hilarious dialogue trees and a deep unlock system to boot. Plus there's user-generated levels now. It hardly can get better than this!

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Gunpoint is on PC, Mac, and Linux. So unless you have absolutely no personal computer (in which case, how on earth are you reading this?), play Gunpoint now! If I had to rank these for GOTY, this would be in the top three at least.

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You know, the first review I ever wrote for GameSkinny was for the Tomb Raider reboot. Man, I did not like that. So when I booted up Tomb Raider: Anniversary, I did NOT expect how much better it would be. It boasted platforming that required thought, with large open-ended levels that further enticed you to explore and figure things out on your own. Lara's journal does not tell you the exact answer you need; it only gives vague hints. Combat is not at the forefront, but it keeps the pacing fresh.

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I haven't finished Anniversary yet, but I don't care. Any game fun enough to keep me going for five hours, without a break or much complaint, gets the seal of approval regardless. I also had the added benefit of playing it on PC, where the graphics are incredibly crisp compared to its Wii and PS2 versions. 

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Not since Portal has an adventure game treated me with so much respect as a gamer, and trusted me to handle playing without a constant guiding hand. I may never know how Crystal Dynamics got from this to the Tomb Raider reboot, but I sincerely hope they bring the more realistic Lara back to her roots soon. This is the action-adventure game I've been waiting years for.

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It's available on PC, PS2, PS3 (via Tomb Raider Collection), Xbox 360, Wii, and PSP. Whatever platform you can play it on, get it. Even if you never touch Legend or Underworld, you should play Anniversary.

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Yes, one of the best games I played in 2014 was a mobile game. Badland is an amazing, almost spellbinding remix of Jetpack Joyride's "one press to do everything" mentality. Except instead of being about a crazed scientist or a flappy bird, this is about you guiding a species of flying animals through hell and back in one of the most beautiful and dark mobile games out there.

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It's available on iOS/Android, with the first campaign now available for free. Play it, and experience one of the best mobile games out there that isn't an Infinity Blade clone.

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Normally I sigh at Ubisoft for their frustrating development practices and questionable DRM choices. Then there are moments when I remember why I enjoy their games. Assassin's Creed: Rogue was one of those times. It received almost no fanfare, and most people acted as if it never existed. Very few, if any, review copies were sent out. Yet somehow, I had a hunch, this was going to be the real next step in the series. Equal parts a fitting conclusion to the America Saga and a step forward into the realm of Unity's new storyline, AC: Rogue is an all-around solid sandbox game.

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It cuts out a lot of the fluff in AC3-4, and combines almost all the best ideas of AC4 into an AC3 framework. I'm not sure if this is the largest world Ubisoft has ever made, but it is the most content-rich one that I've experienced. Reconstructing a Viking sword, intercepting Assassins, and capturing all manner of fortresses makes this one of the most enjoyable games in the series. I truly wish we'd seen some invasion-style multiplayer a la Dark Souls, but even without any kind of multiplayer, this title is well-worth the asking price. I can hardly say that of most AAA 2014 releases. It seems protagonist Shay managed to defy the odds in the real world, just as much as in his fictional realm.

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It's available on Xbox 360 and PS3 right now, but it's coming to Steam, PS4, and Xbox One later this year. Wait for the price to drop around $40 or less, and you're in for a treat.

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Whenever you want to know what I think a linear shooter should be like, just look at Wolfenstein: The New Order. The developer, Machinegames, is primarily made up of developers from Starbreeze, who made the under-appreciated gem that is the Syndicate reboot, so I already knew to expect good things. This is better than anything I'd anticipated.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order one of those rare games that can satisfy you with answers to all your questions, but still leave you wanting more. A fantastic mix of camp, seriousness, and retro sci-fi charm, this alternative-history 1960s world is a one worth fighting for. Few single-player games are created with as much competence as Wolfenstein, and other developers (looking at you, Naughty Dog) should take note.

It's available on PC via Steam, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. I played it on 360, and so long as you don't mind low-res textures and 30 FPS, there's absolutely no reason for you to not get it now on whatever console you have.

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Endless Legend is the first strategy game to grab my attention in years. It's not since Civilization 3 that I've been this interested in a strategy game. When I reviewed it, it felt like I was experiencing a perfect blend of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, purely through mechanics and the game's dynamic design. Endless Legend is deceptively simple, but so deep that I fear it'll be years before I truly have a handle on it. That's fine with me though, that should keep me busy until the next big strategy game comes to scratch that itch.

It's available on PC/Mac on Steam, and the developers have both mod support and work with the community through their GAMES2GETHER initiative. Seriously, give it a look.

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So, a little late to the pitcher's mound, but here's a list for ALL the games I played in 2014 (not just the ones released in 2014). In no particular order, these are the best, most enjoyable, and most enriching games I played in 2014. 

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Top 5 Crazy Healing Consumables in Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/qr91i/top-5-crazy-healing-consumables-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/qr91i/top-5-crazy-healing-consumables-in-video-games Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:05:06 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

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Game: Pokémon Series

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Consumable: Rare Candy

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Giving Rare Candy to a Pokémon will cause them to instantly level up, and if your Pokémon has fainted giving them a Rare Candy will instantly revive them.

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Have a level 15 Charmander? Give him a Rare Candy, and you will suddenly have a Charmeleon. Pretty neat huh?

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Game: World of Warcraft

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Consumable: Crazy Alchemist's Potion 

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  • Item Level 80
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  • Use: Restores 2928 to 3305 health and 3967 mana. Sometimes has the effect of an additional random potion. (1 Min Cooldown)
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The stats say it all, sometimes has the effect of a random potion on top of what it already does... so you might get healed, then get healed again. Or healed and then gain extra attack. Well crazy is in the name.

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Game: Fallout Series

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Consumable: Nuka Cola

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Everyone knows the worlds best rad infested light refreshment. Make sure you save those bottle caps for me to loot off you when you die.

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The best Nuka Cola has the be quantum, it glows... then you drink it. Win for humanity right?

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Game: Dead Island

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Consumable: Energizer Drink

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Caffeine is just the thing you need in a zombie apocalypse, it keeps you awake and alert. Ready to hit, slash or shoot some zombies. They are littered absolutely everywhere, and good thing too, with a quick drink and a good sounding gulp you will be back on your feet in no time.

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Game: Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Consumable: Dog Food

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This is a call back to older Wolfenstein games, which also included dog food.

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How does dog food help you? It grants you a small amount of health, just enough to allow you to reap the rewards of not dying when in a pinch. Also it's tastes good, otherwise Mr. Blazkowicz wouldn't eat it right?

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Did I mention it's dog food? Ridiculous right?

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Game consumables are things you, well... consume. Potions, bread, water, wine, beer - any number of things.

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I like consumables, and wanted to celebrate the wacky, the strange, and the ludacris ones that exist in games.

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Although food consumables are much more believable than magic medi-paks, let's throw realism, common sense and seriousness out the window and enjoy five crazy consumables in video games.

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The Constants and Variables of Everyday Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8ieq3/the-constants-and-variables-of-everyday-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8ieq3/the-constants-and-variables-of-everyday-gaming Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:55:06 -0400 Simon Costelloe

As long time gamers, we are accustomed to certain clichés in gaming that have existed in the gaming world since the dawn of time – or at least since the release of Pong in 1972. These clichés have pretty much always existed and will surely live on for years to come given that if they were to disappear, we as gamers would feel scared and we would inevitably revolt and demand the return of explosive barrels.

It is easier to understand what I am trying to say if you imagine that all games are made in the BioShock universe…I’m sure that clears things up. As we discovered in the beautiful BioShock Infinite, there are constants and there are variables.

Games are no different and if you look hard enough you will find their lighthouse.

Some examples of these “constants” are:

1. Explosive Barrels

Ah yes, the explosive barrel. I mentioned this little guy already probably because he is the most well-known and overused cliché of them all. These unstable containers are home to liquids so volatile that they will seemingly explode once hit with a single bullet or in some cases after a good smack with your knife after hitting the melee button. I am so confident that this would never happen in real life that I almost dared anyone who reads this to go out and find a barrel or an oil tank and smack it around a bit with a pipe before I was advised not to by my lawyer.

I recently went back to play Far Cry 3 in preparation for the next installment in the series and I am nearly convinced that there are more explosive containers on Rook Island than local inhabitants.

This constant is also one of the most likely to never go away as the explosions that result after committing barrel genocide help create a very cinematic experience and also allows the game to flex it’s graphical muscles.

2. Tutorials

Oh tutorials how I hate you with every fiber of my being. “Hold right stick up to look up and right stick down to look down” and “Press the A button to jump” always sour the first 5 to 30 minutes of a game for me. I have been playing games for so many years now that if I jumped into a game I never heard of I would most likely require only 5 to 10 seconds of figuring out the controls with some exceptions in the case of a funky game mechanic such as time reversal in Singularity.

Of course I am looking at this from a very personal perspective and there are kids (and some adults) out there who are playing a game for the first time and have never fired a virtual gun or jumped over a knee high wall. Some games do it better and allow you to turn off tutorials before you begin the game while some games like Portal 2 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon do it right with the tutorial in the latter being activated as a prank on your player with some instructions asking you to “Press A in order to demonstrate your ability to read”. However this may be troublesome for people who can’t actually read and are stuck at the start forever.

 

3. Stupid AI

Humans have yet to discover how to create a fully functioning Artificial Intelligence, which is either a good thing if it turns out like the Johnny Depp computer in Transcendence and tries to destroy all of humanity or a bad thing if we could somehow create EDI from the Mass Effect series.

As a result we are left with enemies and companions alike who will stand in your way and refuse to move such as Fawkes in Fallout 3 or the guards in Thief 4 that will walk from one side of the street to the other for hours on end simply to stare at a wall. These simple enemies obviously exist because real life guards and bandits would not forget how your player character just shot them in the face with an arrow but instead they would hunt you down mercilessly and therefore make any kind of stealth game impossible to beat.

4. Escort Missions

By this I do not mean you get to play as an escort dating rich men for big money but instead you get to lead a confused and non-combat trained companion to safety.

This obviously ties in with my previous entry but I felt these were annoying enough to deserve their own category.

Whether it be allies who disappear and glitch into a wall or small children that for some reason are vulnerable to gunfire, escort missions either need a major overhaul or they should be avoided completely.

Notable examples of escort missions done well however include Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite who is a capable ally you come to rely upon when playing on harder difficulties due to her tear opening abilities and also Ellie from the Last of Us who is a character that you will bond with and never feel like she is a burden preventing Joel from surviving.

5. Gimmicky Weapons

There are so many games out there that require the player to master a wide array of weaponry but how many times can we fire an M14 in a game and not have it feel like the last 2 games we just played?

Developers of games containing firearms must ask themselves this question a lot and that is why some shooters try to stand out from the crowd and so we get the Gravity Gun from Half Life.

Many people love this gun and I must admit finding some form of pleasure when I cut a zombie in two after firing a saw-blade at him.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has to be one of my favourite games this year but I hated when the game was trying desperately to have me use its “Laserkraftwerk” contraption. It wasn’t until the weapon was fully upgraded that I felt it was actually useful in combat but that didn’t stop the game automatically equipping it on me every time I died and respawned.

Games that do it right are the Fallout games that throw in so many gimmicky weapons such as the “Rock-It Launcher” and the “Nuka Grenade” but have them be entirely optional and fun alternatives to an assault rifle.

6. Shiny Activatables

If ever you needed evidence that game developers think we are stupid…here it is. I can’t think of anything more patronizing in games than having a glowing red button lighting up half the screen or in the case of L.A. Noire having clues not only shine a little bit but walking over them causes your controller to vibrate and a cute little chime plays over your speakers.

There are pros and cons to this category with many gamers feeling that games have gotten too easy and some gamers believing they just don’t have the time anymore to spend hours looking for a meaningless collectible or a button under a desk.

These are just some of the things I’ve noticed in my many years of gaming, have I missed any?

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Q&A: Midwest Game Developer Summit Representative Andrew Matt Sheds Light on Event https://www.gameskinny.com/zavse/qa-midwest-game-developer-summit-representative-andrew-matt-sheds-light-on-event https://www.gameskinny.com/zavse/qa-midwest-game-developer-summit-representative-andrew-matt-sheds-light-on-event Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:31:56 -0400 PencilPusha

Last weekend in Oconomowoc, WI, the annual Midwest Game Developer Summit (MGD) began. For two exciting days, aspiring gaming industry students got to hear from real industry game developers of all kinds (from Random Seed Games to Volition). How are games designed? How are games published? What kind of audio should go with a game? This event covered it all.

The MGD Summit is all about exchanging information through lectures, panels, exhibits and more. This event also allows those with game demos to showcase their talent and points aspiring game industry students in the right direction.

 Andrew Matt, public relations for the Summit, shares details about putting the event together, success stories, his current gaming habits, and more.

GS: How long have you been with MGDS?

Andrew Matt: Just a little under a year, I started working on the project back in September of 2013.

GS: So have you always been the PR guy or have you done other things for the project?

Andrew Matt: PR is my formal title, but I wouldn't say it defines what I all do. I wear many different hats. I wrote the majority of the Kickstarters body, filmed and edited our pitch video, helped with event organization, scheduled speakers, folded handout schedules, designed our new logo, and more.

GS: What do you like about your job?

Andrew Matt: Everything, haha! If I had to say one thing in particular, it is knowing that I'm working on something I believe in on a subject I'm incredibly passionate about.

GS: Do you work closely with the creators of the event?

Andrew Matt: Yes. We have weekly meetings on Skype and we talk about all the things we can do to improve the event, how we can make it bigger and better.

GS: What was it like organizing the event?

Andrew Matt: It was a lot of work. The event actually was started in 2012, with Travis Garski and Ben Mathwig (the creators) holding an event called the Wisconsin Game Developers Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's student Union in April 2013. That event was held using grant money from the university and required that we held the event there. Breaking away from them and making the event bigger by rebranding as an event that was inclusive to the entire Midwest was a challenge and required a lot of effort and determination to get it funded and delivered.

GS: What have been some of the biggest challenges you've had to deal with as far as being the PR guy?

Andrew Matt: Trying to get attention to the event from the biggest video game focused blogs and websites would probably be the biggest challenge as far as PR goes. We sent things out to a lot of the big sites, but most told us that we were too small of an event to be worth covering. There are a lot of video game developers and fans in the Midwest and trying to reach them on the biggest mediums has been a bit tough. Thankfully, we are starting to get some recognition, and we were featured in Game Informer's upcoming events schedule in their Far Cry 4 issue.

GS: Did you get the chance to sit in on scheduled events or play any demos in the expo area?

Andrew Matt: Yes, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I had to hop around a lot between our different session rooms to make sure things were running smoothly or to cut speakers off to keep us on schedule.‏ The best game I got to see was probably Lacuna Passage, which is sort of like Gone Home on Mars. Really awesome.

GS: Were there any exhibits or lectures in particular that were the most anticipated or had the most attendees this year?

Andrew Matt: Well, the keynote by Keith Fuller was something I was looking forward to. We have known Keith for a little while and he is a pretty great guy and incredibly knowledgable when it comes to this industry, so that was fun to see. All of the sessions were pretty full though, we had a pretty great turnout.

GS: Do you feel that the Summit was an overall success?

Andrew Matt: Yes, I'd say it was. We had just over 350 people who came to the event and we had incredible people speak like Tim Gerritsen, Jeff Hanna, Pat Dwyer, and more. Obviously we didn't become GDC or PAX overnight, but this was a great stepping stone toward building something sustainable.

GS: Have you heard any success stories based on past MGDS attendees as far as networking or showcasing game demos?

Andrew Matt: Well, from WGDS we had Tetrapulse and Race the Sun both shown in the expo. At the time, Tetrapulse was still a student project and went on to have a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $15,000 and is listed in Steam's upcoming games list. Race the Sun had just barely finished a successful Kickstarter at the time they were at WGDS and went on to get the game on Steam and are now porting it onto Playstation platforms. We hope to hear more stories like those moving forward from MGDS.

GS: What did you hope attendees took away or gained from the event?

Andrew Matt: I hope they took away that there is a great game development scene right here in the Midwest. A lot of times we focus on the West Coast and the East coast as hubs for the industry, but rarely highlight that big sect of developers that exist in-between. I mean, we have a great indie scene in Chicago with Iron Galaxy, Younghorses, Robomodo, and more, and there are great AAA studios like Volition and Netherrealm nearby as well. This is a great spot to be a developer and I'd like to think that people came away knowing that they can find great success here.

GS: Was this the first time that Kickstarter was used to fund MGDS? Why use Kickstarter?

Andrew Matt: This was the first time we used Kickstarter. The precursor event, WGDS, was funded by grant money from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In order to make the event larger and host it at whatever location we wished, we needed to give that up and find an alternate funding source. The best way we decided to do this was crowd-funding to make the event possible. We've looked into venture capital and other means to get the project off the ground, but we thought that Kickstarter's model was the easiest way for us to be able to accomplish what we wanted to for the event in 2014.

GS: How well have social media outlets, like Twitter and Facebook, worked to spread word about the MGDS since it began?

Andrew Matt: Pretty effectively. We have a decent amount of engagement and organic reach from our pages. I think it helps that there are people who are looking for this sort of event that is in their backyard. Not everyone can make a yearly trip to Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, or LA for the big events, so the fact that there are people looking for an event like MGDS has helped us on social media.

GS: The Midwest Game Developers Summit is fairly new. What's in store for next year's Summit? How soon do preparations for the Summit begin?

As of right now, our plans are to move MGDS into Chicago as soon as it is viable.

Andrew Matt: We are taking a week or two off to recover and lay low, but preparation will probably start again at the beginning of August. As of right now, our plans are to move MGDS into Chicago as soon as it is viable. We want to have the event near a major airport like O'Hare and in a larger city to draw a bigger crowd. Will that happen in 2015? Well, I'm not so sure about that, but I wouldn't rule it out. We'll definitely try to move it south of Milwaukee and get it closer to Chicago so we can have the cities local indie developer scene more involved with the event.

GS: What do you feel sets MGDS apart from other gaming conventions?

Andrew Matt: It's accessible. Right now we only charge $60 for a two-day pass to the convention and we try to offer things like an after party with the speakers and developers there for fans to mingle with. When you are at a PAX type event with tens of thousands of fans, it is really hard to be able to just get a half hour of one on one time chatting with a developer. We try and make the event a bit hands and I think people like that because they can make some great personal connections that way.

GS: Since GameSkinny is dedicated to all things video games, do you have a favorite video game? Console? Game genre? What are you currently playing or looking forward to playing?

Andrew Matt: Haha, that is a loaded question. Well, I really love indie games, I'm one of the co-founders of indiegameinsider.com and I love getting to play zany new concepts and chatting with small developers. Recently, I've been looking forward to Push Me Pull You as an indie game. It's part wrestling, part human centipede and probably the zaniest and most grotesque couch co-op game I've seen in quite awhile. Overall though, I'm predominately a PC gamer and I've been just tackling my backlog lately, playing through Rogue Legacy, Far Cry 3, The Wolf Among Us, and Wolfensten: The New Order. I just got Divinity: Original Sin from a good friend of mine, so that might be what I tackle next.

 

GS: Do you have anything to add?

Andrew Matt: Just that if you want the latest updates from MGDS to like the Midwest Game Developers Summit on Facebook, follow us @MGDSummit on Twitter, and check out our website at mgdsummit.com. If you want to read what I'm up to on a daily basis and what new adventures I go on with video games, you can follow me on Twitter @AndrewJMatt.

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Old Franchises That Are Still Kicking https://www.gameskinny.com/otnvw/old-franchises-that-are-still-kicking https://www.gameskinny.com/otnvw/old-franchises-that-are-still-kicking Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:26:20 -0400 Landon Sommer

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I've never played this series, but it is instantly recognizable to nearly every gamer. The first game came out in 1987 and we have no less than fourteen direct titles in the series not to mention all the spin-off games such as Final Fantasy Tactics. Considering that the video game was considered the creators final attempt at making it a video game franchise, it turned out to be quite a success.

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 What do you think? Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"

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The Elder Scrolls has seen plenty of change in each edition since 1994 and has been better for it every time. While Skyrim felt like a medieval Fallout 3, it still delivered the world in new and exciting ways. The series has come a long way since Arena and has led to Elder Scrolls Online getting plenty of attention.

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The Total War franchise hasn't been around near as long as some of the others on this list, but it has delivered no less than nine titles and has done us the courtesy of revamping two titles, Shogun and Rome, with newer graphics and interface. Every Steam sale seems to offer up huge discounts on this franchise and it's worth it.

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If you have never played before, ease yourself in with one title, before you spend loads on every last one. The interface from the original Rome and Medieval just doesn't age well compared to the improvements the series has seen. Expect to see these games to keep on for a long time, perhaps even compete with Civilization at some point for the title of best strategy game.

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Possibly the greatest turn-based strategy game of all time, Civilization has expanded far beyond the V that was used on its last title. The game has been a constant success even after the creator, Sid Meier, moved it to his new company, Firaxis. Through that time the game spawned; Colonization, Alpha Centauri, Revolution, and the soon to be Beyond Earth. I expect to see versions of this game well past the age where I could even bother to play it anymore.

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Heroes of Might and Magic is an excellent turn-based game that gave you control over magic-wielding heroes and the mystical creatures that would follow them. Each major hero type had its own special skill, like the necromancers bringing their dead back to life as skeleton soldiers.

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The game could be infinitely re-playable. There were plenty of castle types to choose from and even more maps. The spells available added on another layer of variability.

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Honestly, I still think about breaking this one out every once in a while. If only my computer knew how to run DOS. Fortunately, the newer versions still stay true to the original, almost to the point where it seems like you are playing the same game, just with newer graphics and some rules tweaks.

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In 1981, Castle Wolfenstein first made an appearance playable on a Commodore 64, Apple II, and DOS. Wolfenstein has just seen it's newest incarnation just a short time ago with The New Order. If any game is to blame for immortalizing the idea that it's always okay to kill Nazis, this game is it. Thirty-three years later, it's still socially acceptable to kill Nazis in video games.

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The Fallout franchise has been through a lot. Fallout dropped in 1997 and was voted best RPG of the year by the likes of GameSpot and Computer Gaming World. It frequently lands on lists for the "greatest games of all-time." It says something when the game survived the near death of its origin company to be resurrected by Bethesda. In 17 years, we are just now expecting a sixth incarnation of the game or seventh if you count the widely ignored Xbox version.

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Let's face it, we have a few games hidden away, maybe still on diskettes that we love. Games that were awesome to us the first time and we still think about going back and playing one more time even though we know how bad they are compared to today's new standards. Thankfully, places like Steam and Good Old Games give us an opportunity to reach back to the earlier chapters of these franchises.

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Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"

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