Mobile Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mobile RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 6 Android Games That Will Get You Through Thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/e5n3w/6-android-games-that-will-get-you-through-thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/e5n3w/6-android-games-that-will-get-you-through-thanksgiving Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:00:10 -0500 Dpaige1991

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Will these games keep you satisfied? Post your comments below and Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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6. Dan The Man 
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Dan the Man is a funny beat-em-up game with an interesting story. Kinda the same story of Super Mario, but different. Customize your character, increase your fighter skills, and take on the biggest bosses. Become your inner ninja and be the man. Be Dan The Man.

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Download Dan The Man now!

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5. UNO & Friends
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There is nothing like playing a classic game of UNO. If you've played this game, then you should know the rules. However, if you never played UNO before, it's pretty simple. Play cards that match the color or number, skip a player, reverse the turn order, change colors, or make a player draw cards. Fun game I promise you.

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Download UNO & Friends now!

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4. Minion Rush: Despicable Me
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Ah, there is nothing like spending a thanksgiving with our favorite little yellow minions. In Minion Rush, you get to explore new cities, wear funny looking costumes, complete challenges, earn power ups, and yes....BANANAS!!!.  

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Download Minion Rush: Despicable Me now!

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3. Crossy Road
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One of the most popular endless runner games on the market, there is no doubt that this game can get you through a thanksgiving. Run through the endless field and avoid getting hit by cars, jump on logs, and earn coins to unlock new characters in the game.

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Download Crossy Road now!

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2. Kung Fury: Street Rage
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One of the funniest short films on YouTube and successful Kickstarter campaigns becomes a video game. Kung Fury: Street Rage. Play as Kung Fury as he takes down his enemies with the help of his friends in an old school style of gaming. With simple controls this game is a whole lot of fun.

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Download Kung Fury: Street Rage now!

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1. Sonic The Hedgehog (Free)
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There is nothing like playing a classic Sega game on your android device. Sonic The Hedgehog is a little blue character that can run fast, spin dash, and is out to save the world against Dr. Robotnik and his evil machines. Grab the rings and enter the special level and grab the gems to unleash Super Sonic.

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Download Sonic The Hedgehog now!

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Are you having a tough time getting through a holiday feast and need some games time to occupy your time? No need to fear, we got the best games to do that for you. Let's list 6 Android Games To Get You Through Thanksgiving.

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Dune! - How to Reach Outer Space & Unlock the Star Ball https://www.gameskinny.com/qh2er/dune-how-to-reach-outer-space-unlock-the-star-ball https://www.gameskinny.com/qh2er/dune-how-to-reach-outer-space-unlock-the-star-ball Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:10:35 -0500 Tobbpitt

You play Dune! for two reasons: to collect balls and to speed across and above the dunes at a fevered pace. One ball, the star, requires that you reach outer space to obtain it.

So what exactly does the game count as outer space? And how are you expected to get all the way up there? By practicing, my friend.

Dune! counts "outer space" as being above the moon in the sky, which may sound impossible, but any player can reach past the skies with practice and a little elbow grease. Good luck helps, too.

How high is outer space?

To get the star ball to unlock, you not only must get well past the moon, but also have to be up there for at least a couple seconds to get the star to unlock.

Below is an image showing how high up you must get for the game to count it as outer space, so you can use it for reference.

If you can stay up in outer space where the circle is for about two seconds, you'll unlock the star ball.

That's pretty high up! No one said getting the star ball was easy.

That's part one of the mystery. What's part two? Actually getting up there.

How to get to outer space

I can't tell you exactly how to get it, but I can certainly give you some advice on improving your air!

Tip 1 - Don't tap and hold while in the air.

This sounds pretty self-explanatory if you've been playing a while, but if you haven't figured it out yet: You get much more air (and don't come crashing back down) if you don't touch the screen while in the air unless you're primed and ready to hit a good slope.

Tip 2 - Don't let the game determine where you fall for you.

You don't have so much control over your ball. You control how fast it goes on land, how much air it gets based off when you release at the top of a slope, and where you land.

If you're in the air and see a prime dune coming up below you, get ready to tap to fall onto it and continue your momentum. But what's a prime dune? Let's take a look at some.

Tip 3 - Identify prime dunes.

Some dunes are just so hard to land on without crashing that I wouldn't recommend using them unless you have no other choice or you've mastered them.

On the flip side, there are a number of dunes that are easier to land on for players of all skill levels. These will be your keys to success when trying to get to outer space since you need to pay attention to upcoming dunes and their slopes to dive accordingly.

Here we're going to take a look at some dunes you should aim for and those you should usually try to avoid. Both will have arrows to show the area you want to aim for.

Prime dunes

This one is easy to land on and a good angle for a high launch.

Not as easy as the one above to land on, but it's still an overall good dive target.

Harder than both of the above but worth it in momentum and air. Still easier than the less-than-ideals I show below.

Less-than-ideal dunes

This one looks like it might be okay until you actually try to land on it. This one's risky, as its middle is so flat compared to most others.

This one often shows up either like this or with a few of these in a row. In any case, these are often a death trap because of how small they are.

These are so small that you probably skip them anyway, which you should. These dunes are risky.

There are a couple more dunes, but you get the gist: Aim for the downward slopes on dunes with adequate safe space to land.

With all this in mind and a lot of patience, you can eventually reach outer space in Dune!, unlock the star ball, and feel like a boss. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a while. Remember that practice makes perfect!

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7 Scary Games You Can Play on Your Mobile Phone https://www.gameskinny.com/smjwb/7-scary-games-you-can-play-on-your-mobile-phone https://www.gameskinny.com/smjwb/7-scary-games-you-can-play-on-your-mobile-phone Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:05:07 -0500 bazookajo94

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So there you have it: 7 games to give you spooks for days, free, popular, or otherwise. Whether you're into the meta feel of SIM, you're looking for a VR experience to set your hair on end, or if just a good ol' bloody thriller is what you're after, there's something in this list for everyone.

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But if none of these games leave you with that feeling like you've just been abandoned in a haunted asylum and you've got to get out before you turn into one of the patients, there are countless other horror games just waiting for you, more than enough to make you sleep with the light on for the rest of your life.

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Have you played any of these yet? What's your favorite mobile horror game? Let us know in the comments!

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Hidden Agenda

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An interesting trend on PlayStation 4 is that players can now buy games that they play simultaneously on their PlayStation and their phone. Recent thriller release Hidden Agenda gives you what you've always wanted, ever since you played Until Dawn in room with all your friends and only one person could make the choices: the chance for everyone to play in a multifaceted, choices-matter game, where one small decision could ultimately lead to the ruin of everything. 

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Players can download the Hidden Agenda app on their phone (free in the app store, but the game on the PlayStation costs $19.99), and then up to six people can join the game, uncovering clues and making choices as they chase down the "Trapper" murderer. A character's choices can affect the life or death of other characters, so you might lose some friendships in this game. But that's a risk you should be willing to take to have this much fun.

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SIM - Sara is Missing

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If you haven't stopped thinking about Tap since I mentioned it earlier, then maybe the type of game you've been searching for is SIM - Sara is Missing. As soon as you download the app (which is free), it acts as if it is Sara's phone, with its own in-app apps and files. These all serve as a starting point for whoever "found" Sara's phone to solve the mystery behind her disappearance. 

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Though the horror of this game doesn't fall into haunted houses or spooky monsters, this game does remind players that not all fear stems from jump scares and that sometimes, what's around us every day can be the most frightening of all.  

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VR Haunted House 3D

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Like the thrill of haunted houses, but hate the prospect of having to go outside? Have I got some great news for you, buddy. There are some excellent VR games on the app store, one of them being the free-to-play game VR Haunted House 3D.

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I don't think it's possible for me to sound any less like an infomercial, so let's go all out. In VR Haunted House 3D, your goal is to defend the haunted house from its dead(ly) inhabitants, including zombies, ghosts, and other uninvited guests.

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Sure, you're basically just standing in one place as you experience an abandoned house full of monsters you can shoot. But the best part of VR horror experiences is that even if the graphics don't look entirely true to life, just the fact that you can't see the real world out of your peripherals makes the fear suddenly very real and very intense. So dive in, if you dare. 

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Slendrina

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If you've been waiting for Slender Man to make the list, fine: here you go. It's free, it's fun, you've probably already played it. What you probably haven't played is Slendrina

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Slendrina sounds like someone's Slender-sona name, or the name someone would pick for Slender Man's wife in some risque fanfiction; nevertheless, Slendrina is here, she lives in the cellar, and she doesn't like it when you look at her. And any game that models itself the Godfather of horror games himself is bound to deliver like a little shop of horrors (er, a little cellar of horrors?)

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Slendrina has got something special that can only be experienced by playing the games. Yes, plural. Currently, Slendrina has about 10 games to her name, but people can't get enough of Slendrina: The Cellar for its movie-quality thrills and nail-biting tension.

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They're all free on both iOS and Android, unless you don't want ads. 

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Lights Off

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If you can't get away from (or enough of) the eyes, then you might like Lights Off, developed by Henry Sorren and released by Inky apps. In this free game on iOS and Android, players try to solve a mystery in a haunted house, as they follow a blood trail and run away from scary monsters. 

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Sounds familiar. But, hey, if you like scary stuff, you like scary stuff, meaning you like searching through haunted houses and running from monsters. There's nothing wrong with liking a certain genre and never getting sick of its tropes, so there's no surprise you might like this game, too Embrace your obsessions. Explore another haunted house. Get spooked--and have a ton of fun in the process.

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Eyes - The Horror Game

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Now that the big guys are out of the way, let's fall deeper into the dark, dank, depths of the app store. Let's talk about horror games that are lesser known and cost less money (as in "free"). Let's talk about Eyes - The Horror Game, available on iOS and Android. 

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How does playing as a thief sound? A thief who explores a haunted mansion in search of money--and clues--while trying to discover the truth about the mysterious ghost constantly in pursuit. 

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 (Spoiler alert: it's not a benevolent ghost.) 

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You don't usually see horror games with this type of graphic quality and true jump scares, especially not on your phone, and most definitely not for free. So you certainly wouldn't be wasting your time and money checking out this game (as you won't be wasting any money at all).

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If you solve the mystery and beat the game, but hunger for more, fear not: there are plans for the game to expand, with even more maps in the future. So go ahead. Download the free horror game...feel the eyes watching you...don't be scared. 

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LIMBO

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Why must every horror article I write include LIMBO? Probably because it never leaves me. It's always lurking--on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox 360, the computer, and now, the phone. 

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Yes, that's right, you can buy LIMBO for $4.99 on iOS and Android and relive the dark and dreary delight of a young boy searching for his sister through limbo. Spiders abound, lightening strikes, and blood sprays in this award-winning indie horror game that forces players to solve puzzles and hope for the best, as they navigate a landscape barren of hope. 

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If a game this good and potent is available on almost every console, why not play it on your phone, too? Keep it closer to home--and closer to your face--than ever before. 

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Tired of surfing through Netflix for your next late night flick of the worst horror movie you can find? (......damn, you're right; that never gets old.)

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Regardless, if you're looking to add even more horror to your life, try your phone. Of course, you could always download Tap, a story-telling app where the majority of members post horror stories written in SMS format. But if reading isn't so much your thing (and let's face it: this is a game site) then I've got you covered. Here are just a few worthwhile games among many in the app store waiting patiently to prey on your fears.

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(And before you start fearing that I'll give a whole section to Five Night's at Freddy's, I'll just mention briefly that it's also available on iOS and Android for $2.99.)

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7 Best Gaming Laptops of 2017 for Casual and Hardcore Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/1ox2c/7-best-gaming-laptops-of-2017-for-casual-and-hardcore-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/1ox2c/7-best-gaming-laptops-of-2017-for-casual-and-hardcore-gamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:56:28 -0500 Ty Arthur

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There's no shortage of options in make or model when it comes to gaming laptops, ranging from budget laptops to high-end, technologically-advanced laptops that will replace your desktop.

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These are just seven of the many units released this year. What did you think of our picks, and what new gaming laptops have you seen hit the digital storefronts lately that we should be checking out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,049
Get It On: Amazon

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With red backlighting, a metal chassis, and a 1060 graphics card, Acer has married form and function for a price that's not all that out of control. At just shy of six pounds, thePredator Helios is neither too bulky nor too slim, fitting that nice in-between spot.

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Sadly, there's only a 256GB hard drive, no Thunderbolt, and you do need to immediately update the graphics drivers, but those are small sacrifices to make for such an affordable/budget gaming option on the higher-end of things -- especially one that competes with much more expensive units.

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Predator Helios 300 Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" FHD Widescreen IPS 
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz
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  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: SSD 1x 256GB
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Origin PC Eon15-S Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,050
Get It On: Origin PC

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Slightly more on the budget gaming laptop side of things, this guy has all the specs you'd expect -- along with some nifty extras, like a matte finish display, G-Sync support, and ports for up to three external monitors.

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If you've got extra money to spend and tack onto the total price tag, Origin also has some awesome themed colors and finishes to select from for a more aesthetically pleasing laptop to show off at a LAN party. I'm a fan of the shredder green, but the neuron display is pretty stunning to look at as well.

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EON 15-S Specs:

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  • Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: HDD 1x 500GB
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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $799
Get It On: Dell

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Typically, budget gaming laptops are associated with a lack of aesthetics. That's not the case with this Inspiron series. While it gets its budget price by dropping its specs a bit, these bad boys still look amazing out of the box.

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You won't be on the cutting edge with a 1050 on the graphics card front and 8GB of RAM, but other than that, this is budget laptop gaming at its best. As a nice bonus, the battery life on the Inspirion 15 series is significantly better than many of the more expensive options, lasting nearly 8 full hours of gaming.

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Inspiron 15 7000 Specs:

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  • Storage: HDD 1x 1TB 
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Alienware 17 R4 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,749
Get It On: Amazon

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Most of these laptops stick to the 15" design, but for the gamers who crave an at-home experience on the go, that's not nearly enough viewing space. Featuring a full 17" screen along with all the typical Alienware backlighting and space-age style vents, this gaming laptop isn't for those seeking a lightweight experience.

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The 17 R4 is nearly twice the weight of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, but the aesthetics more than make up for the added clunkiness. With a 1070 graphics card and 16 GB of RAM, this is a great mid- to high-range option that won't immediately be behind the tech curve. If you want to stay cutting edge, it is expandable up to 32GB as well.

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Alienware 17 R4 Specs:

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $2,299
Buy It On: Newegg

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Although the ASUS ROG comes with a hefty price tag, this gaming laptop features the new Max-Q design that's literally based off aerospace rockets and allows for an incredibly sleek and small form while still packing in all the top of the line specs.

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It's sort of amazing how sleek they got this model -- at under an inch thick and weighing less than 5 pounds. With a 1080 graphics card packed in that tiny frame, there really won't be anything you can't run at Ultra settings. 

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Don't forget when buying peripherals that many of the ROG devices can sync up their color schemes, pulsing the same RGB options in tandem, so if you want a wired or wireless gaming mouse instead of the trackpad, consider one with ROG branding.

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GX501 Specs:

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  • Storage: 256 GB PCIe SSD
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Lenovo Legion Y720 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,465
Buy It On: Amazon

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An all-around, solid mid-range option, the Legion Y720 gaming laptop is Oculus-certified, has built-in Xbox wireless controller support, and hits all the standards on the specs front: 512GB solid state drive, a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, and 16 GB of RAM.

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The Y720's Dolby Atmos system offers decent sound for a mobile laptop experience, and the red keyboard and hinges look pretty sweet to boot. The keyboard of course is also backlit, and can be programmed to different colors.

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If you're looking to save some money, the Y520 is a budget gaming laptop under $700 with similar overall specs -- except for taking a hit with a lower end graphics card.

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Legion Y720 Specs:

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MSI GT83VR Gaming Laptop

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Price: $5,399
Buy it on: Amazon

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If your laptop costs more than your car, you just might be a gamer...

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Let's kick this list off with the most absurd, over-the-top, hardcore gaming laptop around!

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If you are feeling utterly ridiculous this holiday season and have a whole lot of money to blow, then perhaps consider this monstrosity that's not sure whether it wants to be a laptop or a desktop -- and ends up an insane hybrid.

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At more than 18 inches, the screen is massive, even by the biggest laptop standards. The base is gigantic as well -- and it has to be. With four 16 GB RAM sticks (64 GB total), two -- yes TWO -- 1080 graphics cards, and three separate fans to keep the whole thing from overheating and melting down into slag, this thing redefines the meaning of beast mode. 

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Its weight is also on par with a small toddler, so on the plus side, you get in some solid weight lifting time while carrying this MSI behemoth around.

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MSI GT83VR Specs:

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  • CPU: Intel i7-6920HQ 2.9GHz
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  • Memory: 64GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: SSD 2x 256GB Samsung; HDD 1x 1TB Hitachi
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The technology curve is inevitability on par with death and taxes -- no matter how much you dropped on that killer rig, eventually, it's going to end up at the bottom of the barrel as new components are released.

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If your sad, old laptop can only successfully run Minecraft and (maybe) OpenOffice, with no hope whatsoever of even booting up Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus or Shadow Of War, then it's probably time for an upgrade.

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The holiday buying season is the perfect time to keep an eye out for a new laptop gaming rig, whether you are a hardcore Steam fanatic with thousands of games or just a casual gamer looking for a budget option.

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At this point, around 16GB of RAM and a 1060 graphics card is essentially the industry standard to shoot for, with budget options cutting corners on those fronts and the bleeding edge entries rapidly shooting up in price for negligible gains from that point. The differences to look for from there are screen size, backlighting options, sound quality, battery life, and what sort of ports any given laptop includes.

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We've rounded up seven of the absolute best gaming laptops currently available in 2017 -- ones you should keep an eye out for come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These range from affordable budget options in the $750-range, all the way up to absurd $5,000 offerings with all the bells and whistles. 

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Regardless of your needs, you'll find something that suits your needs in this laptop guide. 

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Clicker Heroes: Transcendence Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cqgen/clicker-heroes-transcendence-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cqgen/clicker-heroes-transcendence-guide Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:32 -0500 Brandon Janeway

As part of the new 1.0 update, Clicker Heroes has added the Transcendence feature. This is a guide to the new feature and how you can make the most of it.

What is it?

Transcendence is also called "super-ascension," and it is essentially a prestige system for Clicker Heroes. It does not replace the current ascension system. You have to give up your gold, hero level, zone progress, Ancients, Hero Souls, Relics, and Gilds; however, you receive Ancient Souls and transcendent power. Mercenaries are not lost but are locked. This feature is available at level 300 after beating Woodchip, the Rodent.

What does it do for you?

The biggest payoff of Transcendence is the new currency of Ancient Souls, which can be used to buy Outsiders. But do not expect to get them easily. You do not get a bang for your buck when you trade your Hero Souls for Ancient Souls. You receive five Ancient Souls for 10x the Hero Souls, meaning that for 100 Hero Souls, you will receive five Ancient Souls. 

That does not mean you should ignore Transcendence, though. The big payoff of Transcendence is Transcendent Power, which boosts the amount of Hero Souls you get from Primal Bosses starting at zone 105. With Transcendent Power, the amount of Hero Souls you get will double, triple, or more as your level increases. 

With Ancient Souls you can buy one of the 5 Ancients: Xyliqil, Chor'gorloth, Phandoryss, Ponyboy, or Borb. Each of them has their own benefit to the game, and it depends on your playstyle which one you should buy first.

When should you Transcend? 

The decision is up to you, but at the end of the day, it is best to Transcend as soon as you reach 300. The general rule is to ascend before transcend because any of the Hero Souls you obtain will not count unless you keep ascending. Many recommend to wait until you will get 6-12 Ancient Souls from Transcendence. The only benefit for going above that is to grind for a level for an Ancient.

We hope this guide helps you understand Transcendence. Let us know in the comments how you are using Transcendence. 

 

 

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2017's Best Anime Franchise Games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:02:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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.hack//GU Last Recode

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Like the Naruto legacy compilation, .hack//GU Last Recode puts together the second set of three volumes of the .hack// series from way back in the PlayStation 2 days. Unlike Naruto, this game offers an extra fourth volume to complement the original three. .hack// takes the meta concepts of Sword Art Online and runs as far as possible with them. You play as Haseo, one among many players of the in-game MMO, "The World," alternating between that and the "real world." When one of Haseo's friends ends up in a real-world coma as a result of in-game circumstances, he sets out on a journey to help her recover.

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In the process, he transforms a fair bit as well and is one of the more dynamic RPG characters, not to mention anime characters. Not many changes have been made overall to the original battle system, and while fights are not quite as involved as in Naruto, you'll still be pulling off special attacks and working with your party to overcome some challenging opponents. The fourth volume, Redemption, is not a full game -- running at around five hours -- but it's a nice way to round off an immensely satisfying journey.

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There might be a wealth of new anime franchise games on the horizon, but 2017 still has a lot to offer. Whether you're looking for collections of your old favorites or want to dive into something brand new, there's something from some of your favorite franchises just waiting to be your next game.

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Let us know in the comments if you're planning on picking any of these up!

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links

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Android, iOS
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Yu-Gi-Oh is one of the longest-running popular anime franchises, with new games -- and card sets -- released on a regular basis, and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links­ is the latest of Konami's offerings. With all of the history and commercial success, you'd think a mobile Yu-Gi-Oh game could be just a cheap way to cash in on the series -- but you'd be wrong. Rather than bombarding you with complicated mechanics and more summons than anyone could know what to do with, Duel Links takes a more simplistic approach, teaching you the basics and pitting you against opponents that help you get used to the way the game works.

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But that doesn't mean it lacks challenge for series veterans. The game gives you a limited number of cards to work with at first, so you must make the best out of what you've been given. Of course, you can pay to unlock cards. But it's possible to play the entire game -- and be successful at it -- without spending any real money at all since the game gives you everything you need over a reasonable length of time. The challenge and joy of winning with the hand you've been dealt makes this a gem worth trying for both series fans and newcomers alike.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

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PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam
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The Sword Art Online series is an interesting one -- a show about people taking part in a virtual game ... which means you're playing a game about people playing a game that isn't real. Anyway, the concept is a lot less complicated than it sounds and has produced some memorable characters and locations for several years now. The latest game, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, is rather different from its predecessors in a few ways. It takes place after the main story arc from the anime -- and previous games -- and places you in a much more relaxed setting. The result is one that suits fans of the series perfectly, allowing you to spend time getting to know your characters in greater depth and enjoy the game world without the pressure of an overly intrusive storyline.

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Along with side missions such as running your own store, you'll explore the world in MMORPG fashion, with three party members at a time, gigantic monsters at every turn, and some surprisingly deep -- and, at times, slightly obtuse -- character management that puts you in control of shaping your characters' stats and even personality traits, all of which aid you in battle.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 isn't new to everyone (though it was just released on the Switch not too long ago), opening it to an even wider audience. DBX2 isn't just a fighting game, even though you'll spend a lot of time doing that. It includes an interesting story with plenty of side quests and character management to keep you coming back for more, so it's as much an RPG-lite game as it is a fighting game. Fans will especially appreciate the inclusion of favorite characters, but it does a good job of remaining accessible to newcomers too, owing to the story itself.

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Your goal, as Goku, is to travel back through Dragon Ball's history to preserve the stasis of history against a mysterious threat bent on warping it. The combat is smooth, for the most part, and manages to provide a fair challenge even with the inclusion of some world-shattering special attacks. Plus, the Switch version includes motion controls and plenty of multiplayer support. It's a perfect balance between engaging gameplay and fan service, providing just enough story to serve as an excuse for journeying back through the series' major events without making it all seem ridiculous.

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Gundam Versus

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PlayStation 4
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Gundam Versus is another fighting game -- but it's a fighting game where you control massive robots with spectacular abilities, which naturally earns it a recommendation. Unlike Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Gundam Versus doesn't try to provide a narrative to help engage the player. Like most games intended primarily for multiplayer, the single-player mode is a bit lacking, and battles are not quite as dynamic as they could be. But that's where multiplayer comes in. As you'd expect from the name, the game's strength shines through in its frantic and tense multiplayer battles.

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You're put in charge of a gigantic robot -- that still manages to move smoothly and turn on a dime -- as you go up against your opponents, utilizing a variety of abilities pulled straight from a sci-fi fantasy. The real enjoyment, however, comes from the natural grace with which the Gundam themselves move, odd as that may seem given their appearance. Expertly guiding your robo-suit in battle and around maps becomes a sort of art, providing a sense of satisfaction when pulled off appropriately and making it oh-so-easy to go in for just one more match.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

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PlayStation 4
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is exactly what it sounds like -- a compilation of the four Ninja Storm games all together on one disc. The games are set in the world of Naruto Shippuden and feature all of your favorite characters from over the course of the series. There are adventure elements, including a vibrant world to explore and NPCs to become acquainted with. The real enjoyment comes from the fighting, though. Each game by itself is worthwhile, but playing them in sequence helps the unique traits of each stand out in relief.

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Progressing through in sequence charts the fighting system's changes from fairly simple (not exactly button mashing, but not much different) to one that requires you to carefully utilize your ninja abilities and genuinely be aware of what you are doing. It ends up being all about space, utilizing movement and knowing your opponent's patterns to end up victorious, while properly employing the vast array of ninja abilities at your disposal. It's all a nice balance for what could otherwise just be fan service and a collection of elaborate, pleasant-to-look-at, but ultimately empty, set piece attacks.

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Despite often being seen as niche, anime shows offer dynamic characters, sweeping stories, and in many cases are just plain fun. So it only makes sense that some of the biggest franchises have their own video games as an extra way for fans to immerse themselves even further into their favorite worlds. 2017 is in an awkward place for anime game releases. It's sandwiched between a number of quality titles from 2016 and even more highly anticipated games coming in 2018. But that doesn't mean there's nothing on offer here from some of anime's best-known franchises.

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We've put together a list of the 6 best anime franchise games from this year to help you find your way through this year's titles. Whether you're a fan of Naruto's fast-paced ninja combat or you're looking for a deeper experience from something like the .hack// franchise, there's something here for you, and we've even got some remakes and a mobile title for your consideration.

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Header image via MyAnimeList

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5 Cutest Cat Care Games for Android https://www.gameskinny.com/xjb90/5-cutest-cat-care-games-for-android https://www.gameskinny.com/xjb90/5-cutest-cat-care-games-for-android Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:18:23 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Because taking care of a real pet cat isn't enough for some of us, we play mobile games about taking care of digital fuzzballs without the hassles of a real-life litter box. We also play mobile games about cats because they're cute and fun! For your fair share of cuteness, here are five of the cutest cat care games for Android.

Cat Cafe ~Raise Your Cats~

As the name suggests, Cat Cafe ~Raise Your Cats~ is a game where players raise kittens with hopes of having those cats find their forever home. Once those cats are adopted, you use the funds to purchase and raise more kittens, and the cycle continues. Cat Cafe doesn't have much to offer for the cafe part of things, but raising a bunch of felines can be hard enough!

What makes Cat Cafe more interesting is that players can unlock multiple cats of each breed, creating an incentive for achievement hunters. There are also stats players can raise, like discipline and cat ratings, to increase the price of the cats and make more money. Overall, Cat Cafe is cute, but has way more to it than it appears.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

  • Free to Play for Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

When it comes to taking care of cats, some of us like to adopt a cat or two as a pet, and some like to run a shelter or a cat cafe, like the previous game. Others, like my great aunt, like to feed all the neighborhood feral cats out of their garage. If you're like my great aunt, then you'll find Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector a lot of fun.

In Neko Atsume, players provide food and toys in their backyard for the stray cats to enjoy. Certain types of food and specific toys will attract specific feral cats. The goal is not only to have all of them spend time in your yard, but to make them love you enough to give you a memento (and you can check out our memento guide for help getting them all too). The mementos are the normal things cats like to leave behind for their caretakers, like a glasses lens or a bent bottle cap.

In the end, Neko Atsume is a great game if you want something to play a little bit at a time.

Cat Room

Cat Room is kind of like Neko Atsume, except players collect the cats in a room instead of a yard. You can customize the room and earn coins to buy new toys as well. However, where Neko Atsume ends, Cat Room is just beginning.

In Cat Room, there's a special room just for kittens, you can have a customized cat, and, on top of that, you can collect recipes to make food for your cats. Cat Room also has mini-games similar to Bejeweled and those types of puzzlers. There's a social aspect to this game that isn't found in some of the other games on this list too, as players can visit their "neighbor's" room and see their cats.

Cat Room is a little bit of everything, so it's a good choice if you like everything else these games have to offer or if you think of the cats as a perk versus a primary focus.

Bubbu - My Virtual Pet

  • Free to Play on Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

If you have fond memories of playing Tamagotchi and raising a virtual pet, then Bubbu - My Virtual Pet is the game for you! Bubbu is like a Tamagotchi, but with a few more mechanics than what came with the popular '90s toy.

Besides having to feed Bubbu and give him love and attention, players have more than 30 mini-games to choose from when playing with Bubbu. These mini-games allow players to earn coins so they can purchase more food and other items. However, don't overdo it the mini-games, as that could tire out or injure Bubbu. If Bubbu is injured, then players have to play doctor, treat Bubbu, and help him recover.

If you ever wished you could care for and raise your cat more like a tiny human than a four-legged critter, then you'll want to download Bubbu.

CatHotel

  • Free to Play on Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

CatHotel is the game for cat lovers who really do like cats...but just other people's cats. In CatHotel, players run a...well, a cat hotel, and have to cater to the needs of the individual felines. Like some of the other games on this list, the hotel is customizable. Besides expanding the hotel to fit more guests, players can choose different types of furniture, rugs, toys, and the like to make the "cattery" more comfortable.

Unlike some of the other titles, there isn't much of a collection aspect to  CatHotel. Instead of trying to get every single type of cat to stay at your hotel, it's a matter of knowing who needs what and providing those needs. But, the cats are still cute, even though they aren't kawaii.

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The best thing about the games on this list is that they're all free-to-play, so you can download all five games, and everything will still be cheaper than taking care of a real cat. Of course, the last sentence is only true if you don't make any in-app purchases. Nonetheless, there's a cat for every cat lover and a cat game for every gamer. Everyone's got to start somewhere!

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The Best Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer https://www.gameskinny.com/so6xa/the-best-cards-in-south-park-phone-destroyer https://www.gameskinny.com/so6xa/the-best-cards-in-south-park-phone-destroyer Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:26:58 -0500 Autumn Fish

Getting creamed in South Park: Phone Destroyer? Struggling to come out on top in PvP? Getting countered by every other play? If you're having trouble holding your own, then maybe it's time to take a look at the cards in your deck.

Like any other card game, there are some cards in Phone Destroyer that are far better than others. Whether you aim to collect these cards and utilize them in your decks or find a way to counter them so you have a defense against people who use them, it's important to know what the best cards are.

To that end, we've compiled a list of the absolute best cards found in each theme. Let's jump in!

Best Neutral Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Phone Destroyer's neutral card set doesn't have as many cards as other themes since its cards are meant to act as filler to go with whatever other two themes you pick. As such, there aren't as many good cards to choose from, but a couple of them are downright amazing.

  • Rat Swarm (Assassin) [3 Energy] -- This card summons four rats onto the battlefield. They're extremely fast and deal pretty decent damage, making this arguably the best swarm card available. It's available at PvP Rank 1.
  • Terrance Mephesto (Ranged) [4 Energy] -- This card summons a flying unit that deals AoE (Area of Effect) ranged damage. Since this unit flies, it more or less negates the class's weakness because melee characters are unable to reach him. He's available at PvP Rank 1.

There are other fairly decent Neutral cards, too, even if they're not as great as the above two. ManBearPig, for example, is a really great tank, but since it's a Legendary, it's so hard to upgrade that it's pretty impractical in high ranks. DogPoo is also a really hard-hitting fighter if you choose to use him.

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Best Adventure Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Phone Destroyer's Adventure cards are some of the best of the bunch since a lot of its best cards are really low cost compared to others.

  • Calamity Heidi (Fighter) [2 Energy] -- She has nice attack and health stats, making her a decent off tank when the need arises. With her cheap energy cost, she's perfect for tricky situations. She's available at PvP Rank 1.

  • Smuggler Ike (Assassin) [2 Energy] -- He has good attack speed and an insanely quick Charged ability that buffs his attack, making him one of the best Assassins. He's available at PvP Rank 1.

  • Bandita Sally (Assassin) [2 Energy] -- A balanced Assassin with amazing attack speed. She's available at PvP Rank 1.

  • Hookhand Clyde (Fighter) [3 Energy] -- He has decent stats and a rather strong Warcry ability that does ridiculous damage to a random enemy when he's placed on the battlefield. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 10.

  • Pirate Ship Timmy (Ranged) [3 Energy] -- He has good stats for a Ranged unit and comes with a Charged cannonball ability that blasts the nearest enemy with an AoE attack. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 10.

Using all of the best Adventure cards fills out a good portion of your deck, but if you wish to use others, there are definitely good ones here. Sheriff Cartman, for example, is a pretty good tank with a lovely Charged AoE ability that shoots all surrounding enemies. Shamen Token is also a good choice for their Charged ability that removes ally debuffs.

Alternatively, the Adventure spells are all really decent, too, if not the most amazing. Fireball is great for clearing a gaggle of enemies, while Arrow Storm performs a bit better in lower ranks. Lightning Bolt is great for clearing out enemies with high health, but won't be that good until it's about Level 4.

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(Note: The game has been rebalanced since these screenshots were taken.)

Best Sci-Fi Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Sci-Fi's best cards specialize in poisons and debuffs to slowly whittle away at their opponent's life force and strategically win the battle.

  • Astronaut Butters (Assassin) [2 Energy] -- A decent Assassin with a Deathwish ability that grants a speed buff to the closest ally or leader when they perish. He is available at PvP Rank 1.

  • Enforcer Jimmy (Fighter) [2 Energy] -- He has a fairly good health stat for a fighter, making him a fairly good off tank. An Aura surrounds him that keeps Charged abilities from charging, making this one of the best cards in the game. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 5.

  • Alien Clyde (Fighter) [3 Energy] -- He has great stats for a fighter and has a Warcry ability that shoots a strong poison attack at an enemy when summoned. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 5.

  • Marine Craig (Ranged) [4 Energy] -- He has good stats and a great Warcry ability that poisons the enemy leader and surrounding enemies when summoned. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 5.

While the above choices are definitely the best Sci-Fi cards around, there are definitely a couple of other good ones. Program Stan has a Charged ability that freezes the entire board, and the Poison spell is a great way to hassle the enemy team.

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Best Mystical Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Mystical's best cards utilize all sorts of healing and support abilities to bolster your team's endurance and outlast the opponent.

  • Zen Cartman (Tank) [3 Energy] -- One of the best tanks in the game with an extreme health stat and a Charged ability that draws enemy aggro, although he doesn't have an attack stat whatsoever. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 10.

  • Angel Wendy (Ranged) [3 Energy] -- A strong ranged character with a great Charged ability that heals the three allies closest to her. She unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 10.

  • Purify (Spell) [1 Energy] -- A powerful spell that not only removes debuffs from allies but also removes buffs from enemies. This card is particularly effective against the Sci-Fi theme. It unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 10.

  • Regeneration (Spell) [3 Energy] -- A spell that regenerates health over time to all allies for 15 seconds. Great for keeping units with low health alive. It unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 25.

While the above listed may be Mythical's best cards, there are still some pretty decent alternatives out there. Friar Jimmy is a good Fighter with a heal-over-time Aura that even affects the leader if they're in range. Hermes Kenny has a great Deathwish ability that grants a boost to energy regeneration. Witch Doctor Token is even pretty scary for a Legendary with his crazy Charged health draining ability.

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Best Fantasy Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Fantasy's best cards utilize control abilities and hampering debuffs to restrict their enemies and orchestrate the tide of battle.

  • Paladin Butters (Assassin) [2 Energy] -- One of the best Assassins with a decent attack speed and a Deathwish ability that makes the closest ally invisible for 3 seconds after this card perishes. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 15.

  • Stan the Great (Fighter) [3 Energy] -- A Fighter with good stats and a Charged ability that reduces the attack of all enemies on the field for 5 seconds. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 20.

  • Catapult Timmy (Ranged) [3 Energy] -- A strong Ranged attacker with a Charged ability that summons rats and flings them at an enemy. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 20.

  • Princess Kenny (Assassin) [2 Energy] -- An amazing Assassin with a great attack speed and a Deathwish ability that renders his killer unable to attack for 10 seconds. He unlocks after reaching PvP Rank 40.

The above picks are easily Mythical's best cards, but others are still really useful. Le Bard Jimmy is great to toss on the field for a Warcry ability that decreases the maximum health of all enemies, even killing those with low maximum health. Shieldmaiden Wendy is another good pick that boasts a Charged ability that grants her invincibility for three seconds, though being a Legendary, she is kind of hard to upgrade.

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What do you think of our card picks? Do you have any cards that you think are better? Sound off in the comments below!

To learn more about cards in general, be sure to check out our Cards Guide. And for more general tips, be sure to check out our other South Park: Phone Destroyer guides.

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New Details for Inazuma Eleven Ares Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxzg/new-details-for-inazuma-eleven-ares-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxzg/new-details-for-inazuma-eleven-ares-emerge Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:21:15 -0500 Erroll Maas

An interview with the Level-5 president and CEO, Akihiro Hino, has been released in the newest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. During the interview, Hino revealed a handful of new information about the upcoming Inazuma Eleven Ares, the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven soccer RPG series. The game is set to release after the start of the Inazuma Eleven Ares anime series.

Although the Inazuma Eleven series was originally intended for children, the developers are including more enjoyable features for older fans. Hino feels that Inazuma Eleven Ares has the potential to become as popular as Yo-Kai Watch (another series developed by Level-5) and hopes that everyone will play the new game. With the way development is progressing, players will be able to feel that they are truly playing a soccer game. The series' longtime feature of scouting players for your team will return and you will be able to scout players from the teams you have defeated.

It was decided that the game's scale was becoming too much for the Nintendo 3DS to handle, so the new game will be on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In addition, Level-5 decided to support as wide a range of platforms as possible so that more people will get the chance to play the game. The game will also be supporting smartphones due to the needs of the current generation, though there will  likely be some differences in game design between the console and smartphone releases of the game.

Hino would like the game to have many different new features, including the ability to take screenshots. All assets the game is using are brand new, and there is a new player-related system that has not appeared in previous entries.

Inazuma Eleven Ares is slated for a Summer 2018 release in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. At this time, it is currently unknown if the game will have an official release outside of Japan.

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares updates.

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GOP Arcade: Turning Political News into Playable Games https://www.gameskinny.com/uhgrb/gop-arcade-turning-political-news-into-playable-games https://www.gameskinny.com/uhgrb/gop-arcade-turning-political-news-into-playable-games Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:11:30 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

Many of us gamers play video games as an escapist outlet to get away from all the stresses of the world. This has become perhaps no more important than now, when we are in an interconnected world where everyone is willing to share #FakeNews stories, whether from Russian Trolls or the "Failing" New York Times, to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed. All of this is precisely why you came to a video game website: so that you could escape all of that. And yet my editor hates me, so here we are talking about the GOP Arcade instead.

The GOP Arcade is a set of 12 satirical games created to lampoon the GOP during last year's presidential election cycle. Some of these titles, like Trump’s Pu**y Grabber, reflect specific events, in this case the Access Hollywood tape. Others, like Trump Toss, reflects policies and the attitudes behind them, specifically immigration policies concerning Mexicans and the border wall. And yet others still, like Angry Old and Thoughts and Prayers: The Game are as much about a reflection on the GOP as our society at large. While I won’t inundate you by talking about all 12 games, I would like to go over a few of them here.

Beware: We are legally required to make sure that you’re aware that this is a trigger zone. If you are susceptible to being triggered by satire, flashy lights, or -- dare I say -- facts, then you might want to turn back now. But be sure to share this first!

The Voter Suppression Trail

The Voter Suppression Trail is brought to us by a partnership with what our President likes to call the “Failing” New York Times. From the onset, it tasks you with, "Finding out if your vote can survive the adventure of American democracy” all tied up in a neat little package influenced by the classic edutainment game Oregon Trail, a game the GOP can truly appreciate since it was based during the times when America was still great.

First, you choose which character you will play as.

I choose to role play as myself; I played as the white guy.

The game hints at potential challenges on your way to the polling station, but I merely entered the voting facilities and was in and out in a little over a minute. While I didn’t play as either of the people of color, I can’t imagine it’d be any different. This lack of struggle really makes for both an uninteresting story and gameplay. I can’t help but feel like the message was lost somewhere in the mix.

I'd like to note that I’m not racist, I merely enjoy pretending to be willfully oblivious to the plights of anyone that is not myself while I write articles.

Angry Olds

Angry Olds stars the disembodied heads of several old, white guys in an Angry Birds style game. Except, instead of overthrowing the pigs, you are overthrowing all of the things that old people hate, like Obamacare, Gay Rights, and Civil Rights. The one thing I can't help but wonder is where are all the grannies? Is it propositioning that grannies are just woke? 

The metaphor comes across strong in a slap you in the face sort of way. You literally launch these grandpas from a slingshot, with the word "VOTE" plastered along the side, into buildings made of blocks with the names of government programs and movements etched into them, such as Obamacare, Gay Rights, and Immigration. The pigs are replaced by children. TNT boxes function the same, except now they say "Trump" on the side. Presumably because Trump's leadership is explosive, which I think is a statement both sides can agree on in some form or fashion.

Just in case the message wasn't clear enough, when you complete a level it is capped off with a sarcastic, congratulatory quip like,"That'll teach 'em to hide behind social justice!" as your dying wishes cast immigration reform, gay rights, and civil rights into a pile of rubble. 

All that being said, somehow a poppy rendition of “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”, which is tucked away on the victory screen, makes all of your injustices melt away. Suddenly I look forward to being able to do just the same when I get old. You know what they say, every grandparent looks forward to the possibility that their generation is the one that ensures there are no other generations. 

Bomb The Right Place

The name of Bomb the Right Place is relatively on point; it'd be like if Call of Duty was named, "Run around like a chicken with your head cut off and shoot anything that moves", or RALACWYHCOASATM for short. From the onset, you are informed that America is viewed as weak and that the only way to solve this is by bombing your way to respect. (Also how I got my girlfriend's parents to like me.)

You are then informed of enemy movement and given the option to either seek diplomacy or BOMB THEM! If you choose diplomacy, you instantly get a game over while being ensured that your enemies will walk over you. Choosing to BOMB THEM places a map of the Middle East in front of you without any country labels and only the name of a target country to assist you. 

You know what this means, right kids? It’s better to have bombed and accidentally hit a civilian hospital 1,000 miles away from your desired target than to have not bombed at all.

It’s like my grandpa always said,”You lose 100% of the wars you never start!” and “You can’t win a war unless you give it 110% of your budget!”, and,”You need to keep your woman in her place. She needs to be washing dishes, not discussing war at the dinner table!” Such a wise, sexist old man. I'll always respect how he tried to ensure the destruction of any chance for me to have a nice life. A truer Angry Old has never lived.

Get Trump’s Taxes

GOP Arcade's load screen says it all. They will forever be lamented.

Irony is sometimes the most powerful tool. And the fact that Get Trump’s Taxes always failed to load, no matter how many times I reloaded (many), how many different days I tried it on (three), or how many computers I tried it on (one), spoke volumes about this situation.

I feel like this should bother me, but a friend once told me to think about it like this. "Your job as a lowly, yet glorified intern doesn’t even require you to reveal your tax returns to employer's," he started,"Just because you don’t have tax returns because you don’t make money is beside the point", he continues, his words cutting deep. "So why should a position like that of the President require it?" If you really overthink it and try to pigeonhole it into your worldview like my friend, then I guess it makes sense. I'm just sad about being poor. 

Trump Toss

Perhaps my favorite title on the list, Trump Toss has you tossing (ie deporting) illegal immigrants by throwing them over Trump's proposed border wall. This sounds easy enough, but you must avoid accidentally deporting American citizens, such as border patrol officers. 

Sadly, this game's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: difficulty. It is the only game that is challenging and fun enough to actually warrant you playing it over and over in an attempt to earn victory. But it is also nearly impossible because the game doesn't spawn enough illegal aliens to actually facilitate your success. In a way it is almost like the game's poor balancing is an allegory that's possibly suggesting that it'd be impossible to deport enough people to make a border wall that costs billions of dollars seem financially viable. Take from that what you will.

Ultimately, what the game lacks in detail-- it doesn’t even allude to Mexico paying for the border wall-- it more than makes up for with the fun pick and throw gameplay.

Enough is Enough

Overall, the games on this website which I bothered to actually acknowledge were relatively bad, except Trump Toss; that was fun. I guess maybe they weren't supposed to be fun, they were supposed to tell a satirical message, but at times, much like the original draft of this article, it was hard to tell the difference between satire and actually backing a position. If you changed a couple lines in Angry Olds, then it could easily be seen as aggrandizing that position. Maybe that's the point though. Looking at the same situation from very slightly different angles can show drastically different feelings. With material like that you best not blink while consuming satire, you just might miss it. 

What do you think of GOP Arcade? Do you have a favorite game? Let us know in the comments!

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Black Desert Online Gets Combat Gameplay Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/qikqe/black-desert-online-gets-combat-gameplay-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/qikqe/black-desert-online-gets-combat-gameplay-trailer Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:13:28 -0500 Luke Luby

After gathering much attention with their character customization video, the developers behind Black Desert Mobile have released a video showing the mobile MMORPG's combat gameplay. The video includes actual combat gameplay scenes for the Warrior, Ranger, Giant, Witch, and Valkyrie, which are five basic classes released when Black Desert Mobile launches.

This makes it possible to guess the special characteristics of each class. Young-chul Ham, Pearl Abyss’ Strategic Planning Director, spoke about the trailer - which you can see above - saying:

“We are excited by the reactions we got from everyone when we released the customization video last week. We will try our best to quell your curiosity at the ‘Media Showcase’ next week when we reveal more content and future service plans to everyone.”

In addition, the unique exciting action and surreal battles from the “Black Desert” can now be experienced in the palm of your hand. The combat effects from using powerful skills really help users engage with the game.

Black Desert Mobile will hold a media showcase on the 23rd and start pre-registrations in Korea. As of yet, there's no exact timeline for when the mobile MMORPG will be released. 

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South Park: Phone Destroyer Guide -- Tips and Tricks for Overwhelming Your Foes https://www.gameskinny.com/nljjp/south-park-phone-destroyer-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-overwhelming-your-foes https://www.gameskinny.com/nljjp/south-park-phone-destroyer-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-overwhelming-your-foes Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:13:18 -0500 Autumn Fish

South Park: Phone Destroyer is a strategy game where you cleverly play cards on a battlefield in order to overwhelm your opponents. The goal is to destroy the enemy summoner or stage boss while simultaneously defending your own summoner.

The problem is that staying alive gets pretty challenging on the game's harder difficulties, and you really have to be worth your salt to stand a chance in PvP. That's why we've compiled a few solid tips to give you the edge you need to overwhelm your opponent.

Let's get started!

South Park: Phone Destroyer Tips and Tricks

Your deck of cards doesn't necessarily need to outclass the opponent's in order to work -- although upgraded cards do help. Rather, you just need to outplay your opponent. Victory is possible if you remember to utilize all types of cards, conserve your energy, and play smartly.

Utilize All Types of Cards

Every type of card in the game is valuable to your deck. Tanks are needed to absorb the bulk of the damage enemies will be dealing, and you should always have one, if not two, in your deck. Fighters are pretty balanced, letting them both deal a bit of damage and take a few hits before dying.

Ranged class cards are great at dealing damage from afar, but they die quickly from melee attacks. Finally, Assassins are perfect for striking at the enemy's weak point and dealing massive damage, but they'll die more or less instantly when targeted.

Spell cards, on the other hand, work a little differently than summoning cards, but they shouldn't be discounted for it. Sometimes a spell is just what you need to get out of a pickle, and knowing when to use them can mean the difference between a crushing defeat and a spectacular victory.

Ir you're looking for more tips and tricks in this department, check out our full guide on collecting, upgrading, and building card decks.

Conserving Energy and Utilizing All Types of Cards South Park Phone Destroyer Tips and Tricks Beginners Guide

Conserve Your Energy

Energy is needed to play cards on the battlefield. Some cards require a lot of energy while others ask for very little. Over time, your energy will slowly refill, allowing you to play cards at a steady pace throughout the match. However, if you're too overzealous with your energy, you might find yourself with none in a rather sticky situation.

You can have a maximum of 10 energy, and most cards don't require more than 5. If you keep a watchful eye on your Energy Bar while placing cards, you can be sure to always have 3-5 Energy on hand in case things go south and you need to make a quick play to save the game. Just don't let it sit on maximum energy -- least you waste potential plays.

Play Smartly (Duh)

Think about the cards you have on hand, the ones you have in play, and the ones your opponent has in play before making a move. Play a tank if you don't have one out or if the active one is about to die. Play an assassin if they have ample cover to move around the battlefield untargeted.

Ranged cards are good to play if you need backup support, but are a rather poor decision if they're just going to get targeted by a melee character right off the bat. Fighters are a solid choice if you need to cover extra ground on the battlefield.

Sometimes, however, you either don't have the cards you need to play or just don't have anything particularly worthwhile on-hand. When this happens, just use a card you can afford to expend to draw a new one from the deck, in the hopes you get what you need.

The worst thing you could do is make a stupid play. Not only is the card you used wasted, but it's also a waste of energy. Just don't do things like drop an assassin or ranged character on an empty battlefield, pit single fighters against large groups of enemies, or waste powerful spells and you'll do just fine.

Playing Smart South Park Phone Destroyer Tips and Tricks Beginners Guide

With these tips behind your belt, you'll be turning the tide of battle in no time. While you're here, be sure to check out our other South Park: Phone Destroyer guides, as well.

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South Park: Phone Destroyer Cards Guide -- Collecting, Upgrading, and Building Card Decks https://www.gameskinny.com/s64sg/south-park-phone-destroyer-cards-guide-collecting-upgrading-and-building-card-decks https://www.gameskinny.com/s64sg/south-park-phone-destroyer-cards-guide-collecting-upgrading-and-building-card-decks Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:03:36 -0500 Autumn Fish

Your strength in South Park: Phone Destroyer is in your cards. Without cards, you are nothing; therefore, it is well worth your while to collect and upgrade cards in order to build the best decks you can.

If you're really dedicated to your cards, it's important to know the most efficient ways to go about improving your decks. That's why we've compiled a guide to show you the best ways to collect cards, how to improve them, and how to build better decks.

Let's dive in!

How to Collect Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Hunting down cards is important for filling out your deck with the variety you need to succeed. There are a number of ways to go about collecting new cards.

  • Loot Lockers -- After a Victory on a stage or PvP match, you get the chance to open three Loot Lockers. If you get lucky, you may find a card or two hidden among them.

  • Free Packs -- Cartman's Shop offers up a free pack of cards every few hours, so be sure to take advantage of that when it's available.

  • PvP Packs -- You get a pack of cards for winning three PvP battles. This pack of cards re-spawns every few hours.

  • Coins -- Cartman's Shop sells specific cards in exchange for coins, so be sure to check in whenever stock changes.

  • PvP Tickets -- Similar to Cartman's Shop, Butter's Shop sells specific cards in exchange for PvP Tickets. Stock changes regularly, so check back often.

  • Dollars -- The Premium shop sells special card packs for Dollars, which can be bought for real-world money or tediously earned by opening Loot Lockers and completing Achievements.

You won't get every card just by collecting packs, however. Some cards are also locked behind PvP rank, so make sure you duke it out against other players on a regular basis. It's only healthy, after all.

How to Find Collect and Improve Cards in South Park Phone Destroyer

How to Improve Cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer

There are two main ways to improve your cards in South Park: Phone Destroyer. First, you upgrade a card until it's capped out, then you level it up.

  • Upgrading -- In order to upgrade a card, you need upgrade materials and coins. These materials are found in Loot Lockers, Card Packs, the Coin Shop, and the PvP Ticket Shop. Once you have the materials you need, you can upgrade cards by tapping on them in the deck builder.

  • Leveling Up -- Once a card is fully upgraded, you have the chance to level it up. To do so, you need a certain number of duplicate cards and a sum of coins. Once a card is leveled up, it's maximum upgrade level is increased.

After leveling a card, it may be upgraded again. Once it reaches the upgrade cap, it must be leveled up again in order to upgrade it further. Rinse and repeat this process until your card is maxed.

How to Build Better Decks in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Building the right deck is essential to your success. Before you make one, however, it's important to keep in mind the rules of deck building.

For starters, a deck may only have 12 cards in total. Of those 12 cards, you may only have cards from two of five different themes: Neutral, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystical, and Fantasy. Trying to add a card from a third theme just triggers a prompt that asks you to remove one of the other themes to make room.

Note also that you cannot play two of the same character at the same time. Some characters have different cards across other themes, and trying to double up on that character will just render one of the cards unusable when the other is in play. Try to build a deck with completely unique cards and characters.

How to Build Better Decks of Cards in South Park Phone Destroyer

Use Every Card Type Available

You want some of every card type and class in your deck so that you can deal with any situation. There are five different card classes that you can stuff in your deck.

  • Tank -- Summons a Tank class character. They have a lot of health but don't deal much damage.

  • Fighter -- Summons a Fighter class character. They have a moderate amount of health and deal a moderate amount of damage.

  • Assassin -- Summons an Assassin class character. They deal massive amounts of damage but die rapidly when targeted.

  • Ranged -- Summons a Ranged class character. They deal damage from a distance but die rapidly when attacked by melee characters.

  • Spells -- Casts a spell in the targeted area. These have a variety of effects and can quickly get you out of a pickle.

Without any one of these card types, you will be vulnerable to others overwhelming you with strategies you can't counter. Be sure to have at least two of each card type in your deck so that you have plenty of variety in your playing hand at all times.

Pay Attention to Special Powers

Some cards earn special powers when they're upgraded, and remembering to utilize them can really give you an extra edge in battle. There are four different types of special powers.

  • Charged -- These special powers are slowly charged over time. Once charged, these powers are manually activated by tapping the portrait that appears above the character's head.

  • Aura -- These special powers provide a passive effect whenever the character is in play.

  • Warcry -- These special powers are activated as soon as you summon the character.

  • Deathwish -- These special powers are activated upon the summoned character's death.

Pay attention to the specials that each card has and how they're activated, as they'll be integral to how you build your decks and play your cards in the long run.

With that, you know everything there is to know about building decks and collecting and improving cards. Be sure to check out our other South Park: Phone Destroyer guides while you're around.

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6 Places to Submit Your Indie Game for Prizes and Publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:35:26 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Getting started in the video game industry is no easy feat. Developing an indie game is already hard work. Once you manage to complete the game, the next step is to market it and encourage people to play it. One way to get attention for your new indie game is to submit it to earn prizes and publicity. If you're not sure where you should submit your game, then here are six places to consider.

MomoCon

MomoCon is an Atlanta-based geek culture conference featuring video games, anime, cosplay, comics, and more. Developers can earn one of 48 spots to exhibit their game by either submitting the title to the showcase or paying $600 for a booth. If you choose to submit your title, then know that only the top 20 are chosen and given a complimentary booth. Of the top 20 exhibitors, six winners are chosen, winning a $1,000 prize and a spot to exhibit at next year's Momocon. The next Momocon is May 2018.

PAX

Most of the PAX festivals have an exhibit called PAX Rising, where up-and-coming indie games get to showcase on the expo floor. Each of the PAX festivals also has their own separate indie game showcase. PAX East focuses on mobile games, while PAX Aus features indie games from New Zealand and Australia. PAX is one of the bigger, more competitive options for indie games, but if you're able to get in, the reward is worth it.

PixelPop Festival

PixelPop Festival is an annual St. Louis indie games festival featuring new and upcoming games from local and national developers. Attendees can try out all of the different games as well as listen in on panels on topics such as women in gaming, how developers and streamers can work together, and gaming journalism. PixelPop is an excellent place to submit your indie game because you can get feedback from attendees directly, which is especially helpful in a city with a growing gaming scene. The festival also chooses a few games as their top choices among the exhibitors based on criteria like attendee feedback, game design, and originality. The next PixelPop is July 2018.

GOG.com

GOG.com is an awesome place to submit your indie game if you're about 90 percent of the way toward completion. When developers submit a game to GOG.com, the site takes the time to review the game and provide feedback. If your title isn't accepted, then you at least get the honest feedback. If the title is accepted, then next steps involve a formal release on the site. Every game formally released on GOG.com gets a cross-platform social media campaign as well as an extra-large banner and a review on the front page. The game's trailer will also be uploaded to GOG.com's YouTube. If you don't think you're going to need help marketing your game, then submitting your title here is a good choice.

itch.io

If you just want to upload your indie title to a credible site and let the market speak for itself, then there's no better place to submit your game than itch.io. Upload the file, create a landing page, set the price, and you're done. What's more, the site provides developers with a lot of tools to sell and showcase their titles. Many indie developers also use itch.io as a starting point, uploading the game there and then marketing the heck out of it at all the festivals and conferences. Overall, if you can only submit your indie game to one place, then itch.io is your best bet. 

Kongregate

Kongregate is an indie games platform meant for free-to-play mobile and PC indie games. In addition to allowing developers to host their games on the site, they also have a publishing portal to help devs get their titles on multiple platforms. Developers who upload a game to Kongregate can earn money off their games through advertising and sponsoring monthly contests. The site is a great choice for indie game developers who want to build a community around their game or interact with other indie game developers and their games.

Getting publicity or winning an award is an incredible milestone as an indie game developer. Many people have an idea for a game but never actually take the time to execute on the concept. Ultimately, even if your indie game doesn't win a prize or isn't recognized as a finalist, don't forget that you actually made a game and brought an idea to reality. There really aren't many people in the world who can say that.

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South Park: Phone Destroyer Guide -- How to Fix the Google Play Error https://www.gameskinny.com/lis80/south-park-phone-destroyer-guide-how-to-fix-the-google-play-error https://www.gameskinny.com/lis80/south-park-phone-destroyer-guide-how-to-fix-the-google-play-error Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:29:26 -0500 Autumn Fish

South Park: Phone Destroyer is finally out on iOS and Android devices. With zeal and a sense of giddy, you land in your device's app store and download the game, anticipating the moment when you'll ultimately be able to hit the Play button and get started. You launch the game, wait as it downloads more assets, and get excited as it logs you in -- before suddenly being met with an error.

The Google Play error to be precise.

What's frustrating is that if you follow the directions given to you by the game, it won't even fix anything. You'll just launch the game to the same error. Every. Single. Time.

So what gives? This guide will show you what to do. 

How to Fix the Google Play Error in South Park: Phone Destroyer

Well, as it turns out, the directions that the game gives you for fixing the error are extremely misleading. The glitch doesn't actually have anything to do with Google Play itself, and following the instructions to sign out and log back in is probably just going to cause a bigger headache since that account is likely connected to pretty much everything currently installed on your phone.

So if Google Play isn't actually the issue behind the glitch, then what is? And why does the game claim that Google Play is the issue?

How to Fix the Google Play Error in South Park Phone DestroyerWell, your Google Play account is actually connected to the error, just not via the Google Play app. You're most likely encountering this error because Google Play Games is not installed on your phone. Without this app, you can't log into the game servers, which leaves you unable to play at all.

Of course, to fix it, all you need to do is find Google Play Games in the Google Play store and install it. Once that installs, try launching the game and it should run -- sans the glitch.

If this doesn't work, then there may actually be something wrong with your Google Play account. Try following the game's directions to log out and log back in. If that doesn't work, considering using or making another Google Play account and that should get you in.

Now that you can actually play it, are you enjoying the game? Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more South Park: Phone Destroyer guides.

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5 Tricks to Get Through Your Gaming Backlog https://www.gameskinny.com/ivexg/5-tricks-to-get-through-your-gaming-backlog https://www.gameskinny.com/ivexg/5-tricks-to-get-through-your-gaming-backlog Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:05:35 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Have you got a library of games on Steam as long as your arm? Have you not even played 75% of your GOG.com library? Well, you’re in luck, as we’re here to help you conquer that backlog. Our useful tips should help you power through those games you always wanted to play but haven’t gotten around to yet. Before you know it, you will have overcome that mountain of games that has been staring at you for so long. 

Make Time to Play Games

This one may seem quite obvious, but sometimes we neglect the time we should be devoting to playing video games. In our busy lives, it’s hard to sit down regularly to get through that hurdle of games, so playing when you can is important. Just as you would sit down once a week for your favorite show or read a book for an hour before bed, you’ll need to set aside time to play video games.

Not everyone has the same amount of free time, so work games into your schedule. If you can’t play for a day or you can only play for half an hour, that’s fine. The important thing is to make time to play your games, and that pile will start to dwindle before your eyes.

Try to Focus on One Game at a Time

It’s hard to focus on one game when there are so many you could be playing, but not doing so can set you back on your quest to get through your backlog. Try to focus on one game at a time (or two, if you get bored), and prioritize what you want to play. This way you aren’t missing out on any of those games that you desperately want to play.

This trick can also be implemented once you’ve made your way through the backlog beast. If you continue to focus on one or two games, you’ll find that your backlog hopefully won’t return as quickly.

Prioritize Single-Player, Campaign-Based Games

We all love playing video games with friends and strangers. It’s what makes being a gamer so fun -- the community is always there. However, this is majorly contributing to the backlog of games you’ve got piling up behind the scene. When you continue to play multiplayer games or simulations with no definitive conclusion, you can sink hours into them with no end on the horizon. Focusing on a game that has a set ending will help you get through your games much faster.

That’s not to say you should give up on open-ended games entirely, but try to make time for single-player, campaign-based games in particular. Dead by Daylight or Civilization VI are still going to be there once you’ve finished your backlog, and they can create a fun change of pace for when you get bored of a certain game.

 

Stop Buying More Games 

I know it’s difficult and that you practically want to strangle me through the screen for saying it, but it's important to finish the games you already own first. It’s always so tempting when those Steam sales come along and you can purchase that game you’ve had your eye on for a few dollars. Nevertheless, continuing to buy games when you haven’t gotten close to finishing the ones you have only adds to the gaming mountain.

You need to be strong and know that these sales will come around again at some point and that you’ll be ready for them then. Until that time, you’re just adding to the masses of games you’ll want to get through.

You Don’t Have to Complete Them 100%

Achievement hunting is tempting, and it fulfills that completionist need inside of us, but do you really want to slog through just to earn a badge? Some people do, but odds are if you’re trying to clear a backlog, it’s because you want to move on to more games out there instead of getting that 100%.

As for finishing the main campaign, that is entirely up to you. If you’re not feeling the game you’re playing, or if you think you’ve achieved everything you wanted to, then you don’t have to play on. Gaming is about your experience and how you interact with the story; you get to decide for yourself when you've reached the end.

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Remember when working through your backlog of games that gaming should be fun, and if you’re not enjoying yourself, then something is wrong. Let your games sweep you away, and don’t get bogged down by titles you haven’t touched. 

Have you got a backlog of games? How do you deal with it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Header image courtesy of Nerdist

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Swim Out Review: Attack of the Synchronized Swimmers https://www.gameskinny.com/bd6dj/swim-out-review-attack-of-the-synchronized-swimmers https://www.gameskinny.com/bd6dj/swim-out-review-attack-of-the-synchronized-swimmers Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:07:07 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Swim Out is a tile-based puzzle game where you play as a woman attempting to navigate her way around the other occupants of a pool in order to get out at the ladder. The game is about as simple as the premise makes it sound, though it does manage to wring a lot of ideas out of this seemingly simple premise -- and execute them decently at that.

It's a Small Pool, but It Isn't Shallow

Swim Out has no story or anything like that, as it's all about the gameplay here, and such a thing is unimportant in a basic puzzle game like this. Despite this, there are occasional visuals when you beat a level that show you making your way back to a lounge chair, sometimes with a cup of coffee or a croissant. So I choose to believe that this is the story of a lady who was nagged into signing up for a synchronized swimming class by some pushy friends but isn't all that interested, and who is just trying to escape from the class in the middle of a routine so she can relax and take a nap in the sun. 

It may seem like an odd observation to make, coming up with my own story for something so simple, but that right there is the point. Swim Out really is a very simple game, and while there is some quality gameplay and puzzle design here, there isn't all that much I can say about the game's story. 

What I can say is that it's a rather well-made puzzle game. It has you occupying a single square as a swimmer, and every time you move to a new spot on the grid, everything else moves as well, in a sort of turn-based format. You have to plan your moves ahead of time in order to account for when and where certain objects or people will move, keep track of timing and numbers, and ensure that you aren't setting yourself up for failure, sometimes five moves in advance.

 This is a small level early on, but nonetheless, timing is still key here.

The gameplay is easy enough to grasp -- though it does get much harder as you progress -- and does a good job of pacing out its new mechanics piecemeal in order to keep the game fresh without overwhelming the player with new rules to learn too quickly.

Something I thought was especially neat about Swim Out was its complete lack of dialogue. All instructions are given to the player using imagery such as arrows and numbers rather than overt instructions, allowing the player to slowly come to grips with the mechanics themselves, which I feel suits the simple premise well. Plus, iconography-based interface design is just interesting. 

While I'm talking about the presentation, it would be remiss of me to not mention the aesthetics. The game has a very simple art style, with a cartoonish style and bright, beach resort colors splashed on top of realistic-looking locations and characters resembling those from a safety sign you'd see telling you not to run or dive off the shallow end.

The music is very tranquil and relaxing, sounding something like Japanese meditation music you might hear at a spa, with very soft and mellow tones. The mumbled background chatter reminiscent of an actual crowded pool playing in the background is a nice touch as well.

From Kiddie Pool to Adult Swim

My biggest issues with Swim Out have to do with its learning curve and some of the mechanics that it slowly introduces. Swim Out is a game that starts out easy and gains momentum with its difficulty rather quickly. It does take some time for the game to get really challenging, but after only a few introductory levels, the game really ups the ante.

While the addition of usable items and the ability to keep track of water currents that slow you add additional layers of strategy, other elements seem only to exist to hinder you for the sake of difficulty. Something like the kickboard, for example, doubles your size and frankly makes turning a drawn-out pain in the ass, and oftentimes levels are designed in ways that force you to use it.


This is only the first level of the second chapter, and it took me much longer than anything from the first chapter. Difficulty ramps up smoothly but quickly.

The overall problem with the difficulty is that it tends to drag levels out at times. Coming to grips with new mechanics and having to try levels over is par for the course, but given the relatively small size of the game, the jump from, say, one-star difficulty to two-star difficulty is a sudden and noticeable leap.The difficulty curve is, like I said, curved reasonably, but the small scale of the experience means these difficulty jumps occasionally hamper the pacing and, by extension, the overall experience. Going from something you're used to or find easy to something much more daunting can lead to frustration at times.

Due to this, the relaxed atmosphere and mellow visuals don't really fit with the amount of stress and critical thinking that go into some of the later, more difficult levels. I will admit that the strategic approach to the gameplay is a core strength of the game, and a consistent difficulty curve is something that all developers should strive for, but this game can get pretty challenging pretty quickly. 

In Conclusion

Swim Out is a surprisingly decent puzzle game with some neat ideas and an overall relaxed feeling. While it is well made and fun enough, it's held back by how simple it is at its core as well as a few frustrating moments brought on by the game's unique yet unfamiliar mechanics. I want to clarify that when I call this game a "basic puzzle game" or a "simple puzzle game," by no means is that meant to be an insult. It is a pretty basic and simple game, but it still does what it sets out to do fairly well, with enough unique ideas for it to feel like its own thing, even if it doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well.

Swim Out is available now on Steam and mobile devices. You can watch a trailer for the game below:

 

 Note: {Review copy provided by Lozange Lab}

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7 Best Virtual Reality Headsets for 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/zn9z6/7-best-virtual-reality-headsets-for-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/zn9z6/7-best-virtual-reality-headsets-for-2017 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:55:20 -0500 Jonathan Moore

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As we get closer to 2018, virtual reality will only become more affordable and more available to both casual and core gamers alike. Whether it's the Oculus Rift or the ETVR, there's something currently in the market for every gamer and every budget. 

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But if you're someone that's not quite ready to take the virtual reality plunge, the coming months are chock full of exciting VR hardware releases. From the Primax 8K headset to the Oculus Go and the Lenovo Daydream, there will only be more options to choose from, more games to play, and more worlds to explore. Strap in -- VR is about to reinvent gaming's newest frontier. 

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Which VR headset are you planning on picking up? Do you already have one? Or did we leave one of the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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ETVR Virtual Reality Headset

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Platforms: Android and iOS phones 4 to 6 inches
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (250 reviews)
Price: $49.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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This is hands-down one of the most inexpensive virtual reality headsets you can currently purchase. And while it might be on the cheap side when it comes to your budget, the ETVR headset is arguably one of the most comfortable headsets in its price range. Sporting comfortable foam, plastic, and faux leather construction, the ETVR is a headset that you can wear for marathon VR sessions, whether you're wearing it for gaming or not. And even better, the headset doesn't look cheap, either. Instead, it looks like something you might find in a VR boutique. 

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Getting down to brass tacks, the ETVR headset provides a clear picture in most scenarios but does have some issues when it comes to consistency, meaning some apps and games look better than others in certain lighting conditions. On top of that, the 85-degree field of view is smaller than other headsets on this list (which isn't a huge deal if you're sitting in one spot or are a casual VR consumer). 

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There's no onboard audio to speak of with the ETVR, so like the Daydream, you'll have to rely on your smartphone's speakers, which can be hit or miss and typically provide the fidelity of sound that some other VR headsets provide. 

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And being a device that's compatible with both Android and iOS mobile phones, you'll find a plethora of virtual reality games and experiences when using the ETVR. Of course, most of these experiences don't necessarily live up to other devices' more AAA-quality offerings, but then again, you're not paying to get those experiences with this under $50 headset. 

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Google Daydream View

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Platforms: Daydream-ready phones (see below) 
Rating: N/A
Price: $98
Buy it on: Newegg

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Just like the Samsung Gear VR, the Google Daydream View works by setting a phone into the headset. However, the best part about it is that the headset isn't arrested to working just with Samsung mobile phones, but instead works with myriad Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy, the Google Pixel and PIxel 2, the ZenFone AR, and the LG V30, making it a more ubiquitous virtual reality headset. 

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Like other mobile VR headsets, the Daydream isn't as immersive as the PlayStation VR, the Oculus, or the Vive -- you won't find fully immersive worlds here. But the trade-off is that the Daydream is easy to set up and easy to use. Essentially, it's a mid-tier insert-and-play VR option for relatively cheap.

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One of the bigger drawbacks to the Daydream is that its catalog is small when compared to the likes of the Samsung VR. And although that's likely to change with Google focusing on more and more VR content in the future, right now, there aren't a plethora of games and experiences to be had on the Daydream. As of this writing, Daydream users can select from somewhere around 250 apps and games, with a majority of those firmly falling into the apps bucket. 

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However, if you're looking to start your VR journey and looking for something that's comfortable, affordable, and designed to keep your phone from overheating (an issue other headsets haven't addressed as directly as the Daydream), then this is definitely a VR headset you're going to want to consider this holiday. 

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Samsung Gear VR

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Platforms: Samsung Mobile Phones 
Rating: N/A
Price: $129.99
Buy it on: Newegg

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I can personally say that the Samsung VR is one of the best and most accessible mobile virtual reality experiences currently available. The device is a collaboration between Oculus VR and Samsung that brings a mid-tier VR experience to Samsung mobile phones (currently from the Galaxy S6 to the Galaxy S8). 

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The headset is wildly comfortable -- even for those of us that wear glasses. The headstrap sits comfortably across the top of the head, producing minimal strain across hours of use. And the headset's inner fabric breathes well. Overall, the headset doesn't get too hot, although it can get somewhat sweaty if you're playing in an already-toasty environment. 

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Plugging a phone into the Samsung VR is relatively easy -- you just slide the phone into the headset with the screen facing the viewports and lock it into a small clip on the front right-hand side of the headset. In my time with the headset, I never once had issues with the phone moving or dislodging from the VR.

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Arresting the Gear to Samsung devices might deter some users from picking up the VR at $130, especially if they don't already have a compatible device. But if you already own a Samsung smartphone, the Gear VR is a nice investment if you want VR on the go or are looking to dip your toes into virtual reality before popping for one of the more expensive, more intensive headsets on this list.  

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Samsung has also started bundling the Gear VR with new Samsung smartphone purchases, so you could theoretically get your first VR headset for free if you're thinking of switching phones manufacturers.

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The only downside is that the Gear VR doesn't have a massive catalog of games and of those games, most of them are indies. So you won't be finding too many big AAA virtual reality experiences here. 

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HTC Vive

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Platform: PC
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (855 reviews)
Price: $599
Buy it on: Amazon

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The HTC Vive is the creme de la creme of virtual reality headsets. The Vive is arguably the most powerful VR headset there currently is, its game catalog is one of the most robust and fastest growing, and it's the only headset to offer a nearly fully-immersive VR experience. 

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Of course, all of that comes with a price. At $599, the HTC Vive is also the most expensive VR headset you can buy right now. That doesn't count the price of the high-end gaming PC you're going to need to run this thing, either. At the end of the day, you could be looking at more than $2,000 for a top-of-the-line experience. 

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But if that doesn't dissuade you from picking up the Vive, you'll find that the headset has the largest hardcore-gaming catalog available. Seeing as the headset was developed via a partnership between Valve and HTC, the Vive has unprecedented access to myriad Valve and Steam games. From Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Subnautica to Ricky and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Arizona Sunshine, there's something for everyone on the Vive. 

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Taking a closer look at the hardware itself shows that the Vive may not be as comfortable as other headsets on this list, such as the Oculus and the PSVR, but it makes up for that in 360-degree, near fully-immersive VR experiences. Although things can be a bit tricky during the Vive's initial setup -- and using it basically requires you dedicate an entire room to VR -- it has a 90hz refresh rate and robust rendering capabilities. 

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At the end of the day, the Vive is the headset for hardcore VR gamers. 

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  • Field of view: 110 degrees
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Oculus Rift

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Platform: PC
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (268 reviews)
Price: $399
Buy it on: Amazon

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If you've done any research on virtual reality, there's little doubt that you've heard the Oculus name before. As one of the peripherals that led the charge into the new VR frontier in early 2016, the Oculus Rift is one of the best VR headsets you can currently buy. It helps that Oculus VR recently added a touch control bundle -- where you get the headset and its touch controls -- for an astonishing $399, which is practically a steal for such a high-end VR experience. 

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Currently, the Oculus Rift boasts a catalog of 113 games. And although that catalog hasn't grown considerably since our last VR headset roundup (which is a bit unfortunate), that doesn't mean the games and experiences currently on the platform aren't highly praised and worth your time. 

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But one of the primary things that sets the Oculus apart from the HTC Vive, its closest competitor, is that it's much easier to set up than the Vive. The Rift doesn't require multiple light towers to track movement and there are fewer cables to hook up to your PC out of the box. Of course, you're comparing room-scale VR in the Vive to a more traditional VR experience in the Rift, but it's still worthy of note. 

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On top of that, the Oculus is more comfortable than the Vive, provides better sound, and has more ergonomic controls via its recently-released Oculus Touch Controls. If you're not looking for a room-scale VR experience, then the Rift is a solid choice. Just keep in mind that it appears fewer games have been coming to the Oculus as of late, so keep that in mind when making your decision. 

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  • Controller input: Xbox One game controller or Oculus Touch (sold separately)
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PSVR

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Platform: PlayStation 4
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (596 reviews)
Price: $349.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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While we wait for Microsoft to unveil the Xbox One's first virtual reality headset sometime in 2018, console gamers have only one choice when it comes to VR: Sony's PSVR. 

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Compared to other VR headsets on this list, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the PSVR is one of the most cost-efficient headsets currently on the market. Giving gamers a relatively high-end virtual reality experience, Sony's headset packs on hell of a punch and is, by all accounts, extremely comfortable -- something other VR headsets have trouble achieving at all price points. 

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Another thing to note is that the PSVR is made specifically with gaming in mind and its plug-and-play ability melds well with the console gaming mindset. You won't find copious cables and motion detectors here. Instead, you'll only need a PS4, a Dualshock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers, and a PlayStation Camera. And although all of those necessary components are typically sold separately from the PSVR, the headset is one of the most affordable on this list, specifically when comparing it to the price points of the high-end PCs needed to power the Oculus or Vive. 

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Essential reading: PS VR Bundle Review: A Whole New (Virtual) World

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The best part about the PSVR is that it has a relatively large catalog of games to choose from. With Resident Evil 7, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and Batman: Arkham: VR already out and games like DOOM VFR, The Inpatient, and Skyrim VR set to release in the next several months, the PSVR has some of the best gaming experiences on the market. 

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Specifications

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  • Connection: Tracking via the PlayStation camera
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Here we are in 2017, and virtual reality is becoming more and more affordable for the average consumer. However, with that affordability comes more parity. Deciding on the best VR headset for your needs can be a somewhat daunting prospect whether you know where to start or not. 

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One of the primary things to look for in a virtual reality headset, aside from its processing power, refresh rate, controls, and catalog is whether the headset itself is tethered or mobile. Tethered headsets, such as the Oculus Rift, PSVR, and HTC Vive are capable of providing much more complex virtual reality experiences, but require that the headset is tethered either to a PC or console. Mobile headsets, on the other hand, provide you with more flexibility and range of movement because the processing is typically done on your mobile device, but it comes at the cost of processing power. 

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But don't worry: we're here to guide you through the virtual reality landscape and help you pinpoint the best headsets currently on the market for your current needs. From budget headsets to top of the line gear, here are the headsets you should be looking at come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

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Thinking Outside of the (Cat)Box: An Interview with The Gentlebros https://www.gameskinny.com/vop4h/thinking-outside-of-the-catbox-an-interview-with-the-gentlebros https://www.gameskinny.com/vop4h/thinking-outside-of-the-catbox-an-interview-with-the-gentlebros Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:46:59 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The RPG genre is known for some of the most sweeping, epic stories, memorable characters, and intuitive gameplay mechanics. However, there is one area even the RPG greats have yet to cover: the world of cats. That's where The Gentlebros' latest outing, the award-winning Cat Quest, comes in, seeking to address a gap in the RPG market in more ways than simply providing an irresistibly adorable protagonist and charming world. Desmond Wong of The Gentlebros was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to discuss the open-world game in detail, including its inspiration and where it fits in the current RPG market.

Joshua Broadwell: The Gentlebros website mentions that the studio is made up of veterans in the industry. Would you be able to provide some titles or companies you are associated with to give the reader a better idea of the studio?

Desmond Wong: This may be a slight shocker considering that we developed Cat Quest, but all of us were from Koei Tecmo! Our experiences include games like Dynasty Warriors, Fatal Frame, Nioh, and Dead or Alive, just to name a few. It's a huge departure from what we used to be doing, but the lessons we learned there definitely helped shape the games we make today.

JB: According to the development blog, making a game centered around a cat was always a central focus. Why was that, and did you find it more difficult to come up with concepts that would fit with a cat hero more difficult than if it were a more traditional protagonist?

DW: It's actually the opposite. A very large majority of games and RPGs are centered around human characters, and for good reason! Human characters are instantly more easily relatable, and, hence, more likely to be enjoyed by a greater number of people. However, this also means that the type of stories you can tell would be less fresh and probably done a million times before. 

The good thing about choosing a cat protagonist and world is that suddenly everything feels new again. Cats would have different problems from humans, and the way they speak or the way they would name their cities and towns would be different as well. This gives us a chance to tell new stories and, hopefully, give players new experiences as well.

JB: The game was partly inspired by a lack of 2D open-world adventures on mobile. What other inspirations were there for art style and gameplay?

DW: For the art style, we were really inspired by old medieval maps. We really liked the sketchy look and how the location names were on the map itself. We also really liked the overworld of older JRPGs (mainly because we grew up with them) and wanted to create an open-world overworld game, if that makes sense. 

Gameplay-wise, we were inspired by titles like Skyrim, Zelda, and Final Fantasy. We wanted the exploration in Skyrim but the simplicity of combat in Zelda. We designed Cat Quest to be a really rapid-fire RPG. You can play the game for five minutes or for hours and still feel like you're constantly accomplishing something. We really love open-world games but feel some of them have gotten so bloated through the years, and Cat Quest is our way of trimming down the fat to give a really concise and concentrated experience. For us, this is an open-world RPG condensed to what makes them fun, and we hope we managed to succeed in doing that!

JB:  How do you balance being inspired by a certain game or style and still making it something unique?

DW: I think on some level, all designers are inspired by the games they've played. Every game we play subconsciously influences our design and perception of what is fun. However, we always try to make sure we give our mechanics a twist. We're constantly asking ourselves, "Is this mechanic too similar to something else?" and "What can we do differently?" Sometimes it's okay to be influenced, because why fix something that is proven to work? But other times, you'll want to introduce your own little quirk that makes your game stand apart from the rest. 

For Cat Quest, that mantra was simplicity. For better or worse, we wanted to take existing mechanics in RPGs and see in what ways we could simplify it. Take our quests for example. We really hate how in open-world RPGs you can unintentionally take a dozen side quests at one time and feel so bogged down and overwhelmed. So we decided it would be interesting if we forced players to only take one quest at a time (a la GTA). 

JB: Many players, unfortunately, have a negative opinion of mobile games. Was there ever a concern that Cat Quest might be dismissed for being on mobile first?

DW: Actually, Cat Quest came out on Steam and iOS simultaneously. But disregarding that, yes, there was obviously that concern. Mobile games have been getting a very bad rap through the years, mainly due to the F2P genre. When people hear of a mobile game, they instantly write it off as a "bad" game, and that was something we were definitely concerned about.

However, what we found was that this was the vocal minority. A lot of people actually don't really care, and if it's a good game, they will be interested in it and eventually buy it if it's up their alley. We've had people who told us they bought both the mobile and Steam versions because they wanted to play on the go and at home. This was really awesome to hear for us!

We think that at the end of the day, your game has to feel like it's designed for the platform you're going to release on. This is why we redesigned the control from the ground up for both PC and mobile. If you're playing on PC, you will feel the game was designed for it, and likewise if you're playing on mobile. Do that, and the players will appreciate that and support your game.

JB: The cat puns are an integral part of the game and are pulled off very well. How difficult was it to get them to work right, or did it just flow naturally?

DW: In some ways, we had to create our own "cat language." Right from the get-go, we made a decision that our cats would speak differently from humans and that they would speak exclusively in puns. This means everything in the game, from the town names to the items to the spells, would all be in puns (because that's the cat language we created). With this in mind, we made a term base of normal words and their cat alternatives. So words like "very" would become "furry." "Awesome" would become "Pawsome," etc. Then it was just a matter of keeping our dialogue consistent and making sure we followed the rules set by our cat language.

JB: What was the process like porting Cat Quest to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and was there an easier platform to work with?

DW: We think that both consoles had their pros and cons for sure. Overall, though, developing on the Switch was more fun because, honestly, we really like the hardware!

JB: For the RPG player used to somewhat more serious outings, what would you say to convince them to give Cat Quest a try?

DW: Play Cat Quest if you want a new, fat-free, condensed experience of what an RPG could be. Cat Quest is a rapid-fire RPG and feels much faster-paced and different from the more plodding open-world RPGs out there. The more traditional RPG experiences aren't going away, but if you want to try something new, give Cat Quest a shot! 

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Cat Quest released earlier this year on iOS and Steam, and the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions are out November 10th. If you're interested in learning more about the game's origins, including the hero's transformation from cat dancer extraordinaire to full-fledged cat warrior, check out The Gentlebros' development blog here.

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Games to Look Forward to in November 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/vvh1r/games-to-look-forward-to-in-november-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/vvh1r/games-to-look-forward-to-in-november-2017 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:33:11 -0500 Kieran Desmond

After a stellar October for video games, including the much anticipated October 27th video game buffet of Wolfenstein 2, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and instant classic, Super Mario Odyssey, the games industry is in no way ramping down as we head into November.

There's such a variety of awesome games coming up in November and there really is something for everyone. So check out this run through of which games are coming out, to help you make the big decision -- what to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Call of Duty: WWII - November 3

PS4, Xbox One, PC 

Call of Duty's reinvention of itself/return to its gritty, boots on the ground roots is definitely going to help it be the biggest seller this month -- if not the entire year. Peeling back from their more futuristic themes has certainly paid off the franchise, with Infinite Warfare just last year becoming the most disliked video game trailer of all time.

Serving up its tried and true multiplayer focused gameplay, set in the grim World War II setting, and featuring far less parkour elements this time around, fans of the franchise will not be disappointed with Call of Duty: WWII. And with Sledgehammer Games back behind the wheel in this iteration, I think we're in for a treat when it comes to the single-player campaign.

.hack//G.U Last Recode - November 3

PS4, PC

A fully restored and remastered collection of the PlayStation 2 ARPG, .hack//G.U. trilogy, released in celebration of the beloved franchise's 15th anniversary. As well as the original three titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption; in Last Recode, CyberConnect2 are including an all new and exclusive fourth chapter, Reconnection, continuing Haseo's adventure from where Redemption left off. 

If you were into these games back when they released, then it's a no-brainer to check out this definitive version. If you're unfamiliar with the series, the premise is essentially that you're controlling a character who is playing an MMO called The World. Think Sword Art Online, but without the part about being trapped in the game by a psychopathic game developer. 

Steven Universe: Save the Light! - November 3

Xbox One

A direct sequel to mobile game Steven Universe: Attack the Light, Save the Light expands upon everything the first game did in almost every way. Save the Light is a beautiful recreation of the popular Cartoon Network show and really nails the tone, which is really the main draw.

Assuming that you're a well versed Steven Universe fan, which Save the Light most certainly does, I'd suggest picking this one up.

Xbox One X Console Launch - November 7

It's not a game, but this is definitely something to look forward to. "The Most Powerful Console Ever Made" is finally hitting store shelves to compete with Sony's PS4 Pro. Boasting "true 4K" gaming, a sleeker design, and a six-teraflop AMD Radeon GPU, the Xbox One X lives up to it's claim, shadowing the PS4 Pro's performance capabilities.

It's a hefty investment at $499, but if having the best performance and visuals is what you care about, then it'll be worth the price of admission.

Nioh - November 7

PC

Good news for PC gamers -- the PS4 console exclusive, NIOH, is making its way to PC. Set during the fictionalized Sengoku period of Japan, you play as William, battling evil yokai (spirits) who are growing in power due to the chaos of civil war. If you're into Dark Souls-likes, don't miss out on this unique take on the genre.

Sonic Forces - November 7

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Sonic Forces has a lot to live up after the fantastic Sonic Mania which released earlier this year. Featuring character customization and three different stage types (modern, classic, and avatar), it's shaping up to be a sort of all-in-one version of Sonic, taking inspiration from past mechanics and adding some new things too. 

Taking a crack at another 3D Sonic game that I guess someone, somewhere is asking for, the pressure is on for Sega to deliver something that none of us are expecting -- a good 3D Sonic game. Sonic Team are trying to do something different with the once hugely popular series, so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

Horizon: Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds - November 7

PS4

Guerilla Games' robot dinosaur hunting game is getting its first DLC expansion this month in the form of The Frozen Wilds. This DLC pack adds an estimated 15 hours of extra content, which includes a new area for Aloy to explore in the far north of the map, new mid-game story content, a new tribe, and some new robot beasties to hunt.

Possibly the best new addition, however, and just in time for the holiday season, you can now make snow angels in Photo Mode. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

Super Lucky’s Tale - November 7

Xbox One, PC

A cutesy 3D platformer exclusive to the Xbox One, Super Lucky's Tale has you guiding the adorable fox, Lucky, through a series of levels to collect four-leaf clovers while solving a variety of puzzles.

The release date, overall premise, and even the inclusion of the word "Super" in its title, suggests that Super Lucky's Tale is meant as Microsoft's answer to Super Mario Odyssey. But I suspect that it's going to take more than a lucky fox to topple Nintendo's moustached mascot.

Mario Party: The Top 100 - November 10

3DS

Drawing from a whopping 21 Mario Party installments, the folks over at Nintendo have painstakingly crammed 100 of the best Mario Party mini-games, into one fun-filled experience in Mario Party: The Top 100.

It's a shame this didn't make it onto the Switch, as it would be the perfect party game to play with a group of friends. I'd wager that we're not far off from getting a fully fledged Mario Party game on the Switch for this very reason.

Doom - November 10

Nintendo Switch

If you thought that the Nintendo Switch was just for little kiddy games, think again. Released in 2016 to critical acclaim, the fast paced, first-person gore-fest is a must play for any fan of the genre.

With a great single-player mode full of awesome level design, cool guns, and a kick-ass soundtrack, Doom is a difficult one to say no to.

Need For Speed: Payback - November 10

PS4, Xbox One, PC

Need for Speed: Payback is the latest entry into the arcade-style street racing game. Heavily story focused this time around, you play as former street racer Tyler Morgan, who after being betrayed and exiled, is looking for some...you guessed it -- payback. Build up a crew, collect cars, and take down "The House", the cartel in control of the city.

Payback sounds like the most RPG-ified Need for Speed yet, with cars belonging to one of 5 classes, having the most amount of customization ever in a NfS game, and finding and collecting abandoned vehicles. If you're bored of real-life simulation racing games then Need for Speed: Payback should be a good one to try out.

Football Manager 2018 - November 10

PC

Live the dream and take a team from League 2 all the way up to become Premiership champs, or push out the manager of Manchester United and use their insane budget to create your dream team. There's so much you can do with this mindbogglingly deep management sim.

Popular as ever, the latest Football Manager debuts a new graphics engine, boasting improved lighting and better stadium and player models than ever. 

The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs - November 10

PC

Nearly three years after The Sims 4 came to PC, it's finally getting a much requested pets DLC. As the title of the DLC suggests, the Cats & Dogs update allows you to create your own cat or dog, choosing between different breeds, fur colors and patterns, and outfits to dress them up in. 

Your new pet will develop it's own personality as you interact with them and you'll even be able to open your own veterinarian business. Another cute addition the bizarre world of The Sims.

Batman: The Telltale Series - Season 1 - November 14

Nintendo Switch

First Minecraft: Story Mode and now Batman: The Telltale Series. It looks like Telltale Games are going all in on their support for the Switch.

Take control of Bruce Wayne, as you deal with juggling his public persona as head of Wayne Enterprises, along with his Caped Crusader alter-ego. Decisions will be thrown at you that will affect both of Batman's identities, and it's up to the player to decide when its best to keep up appearances by playing nice with shady villains as Bruce, or how far Batman should go in service of justice.

L.A. Noire - November 14

Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One

The Rockstar developed 40's detective game that faded into obscurity is getting another chance in the spotlight. L.A. Noire was well received back in 2011, with particular praise for it's facial animations gameplay that helped you determine a suspect's true intentions. Using a combination of evidence and your own judgement based on how you perceived a suspects expressions, you attempt to solve a few gritty crimes.

The Switch version will feature motion controls and HD rumble support, whilst the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions will run at 4K for enhanced visual experience.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 - November 14

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

According to TT Games, the sequel to Lego Marvel Super Heroes promises to be bigger in every way. Featuring new (and more obscure) playable characters, a bigger open-world to play around in, and a longer story, it's clear that TT intend to honor that promise.

The villain this time around is Kang the Conqueror who will be bringing different times and realities together, which rallies Marvel's greatest heroes to save all Lego reality as we know it. 

RiME - November 14

Nintendo Switch

Once upon a time, RiME was set to be published by and exclusive to Sony. Thankfully for us Switch owners, Tequila Works reacquired the rights to their game and it was picked up by Grey Box. Now after it's May console release, this beautifully-styled adventure-puzzle game is coming to Switch.

Regularly drawing flattering comparisons to Wind Waker and Ico, RiME stands out as more than just an homage to these genre giants. With a wonderful story full of little discoveries and emotional beats, RiME is a joy to play through and is recommended to all Switch owners looking for something a bit different.

Rocket League - November 14

Nintendo Switch

Finally! Football Cars: The Video Game is coming to Switch. Rocket League is one of those games that's great for killing 5 minutes, because that's usually how long it takes to open up and get through a match. Combined with the whole concept of the Nintendo Switch, I think Rocket League will retain it's world-wide popularity for a long time to come. 

Also, think of the sweet Nintendo themed cars and accessories that will inevitably come to the game! 

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon - November 17

3DS

Featuring new Ultra Beasts, altered island trials, and some new story elements, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon look like familiar re-releases of the most recent Pokemon adventure. At least that's what we thought before November.

Now it's been revealed that Team Rocket will be making a come back in the form of a new organization called Team Rainbow Rocket, with no other than Giovanni himself at the helm. It also looks like other lead villains from previous games, such as Archie of Team Aqua and Lysandre of Team Flare, have been incorporated into the biggest criminal organization in Pokemon history.

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that Legendary Pokemon from previous games will be obtainable through Ultra Wormholes, each having their own Ultra form which changes a Pokemon's stats and appearance in some really cool ways. A perfect send off for the main Pokemon series on 3DS.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 - November 17

PS4, Xbox One, PC

After a financially successful but heavily criticized first attempt, DICE's second bout with the Battlefront series looks to have addressed many of the main concerns had by fans. 

Introducing a 6-8 hour long campaign mode, more offline multiplayer modes, and more weapon and class variety, Star Wars Battlefront 2 could well be the droid you're looking for. 

Including heroes, vehicles, and planets spanning the prequel, sequel, and original trilogies fans, won't be short on content for good while. But when the time comes that you've had your fill, DICE will be releasing free DLC expansions including new planets, vehicles, and heroes. It sure is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - November 17

Nintendo Switch

Nearly six years to the day since its initial release, Skyrim is making its debut on yet another new platform. Featuring motion controls and some exclusive Zelda-inspired gear, Skyrim for Switch is the best and only way to slay dragons on-the-go. 

The Sims 4 - November 17

PS4, Xbox One

After being available on PC for 3 years, Maxis has delivered the ultimate life simulation game to consoles. The vanilla console version features some content that was missing from the PC version at launch such as pools, ghosts, toddlers, and dishwashers. So don't worry, you can still trap your Sims in a pool and have their ghosts torment their remaining family members. Because that's what you do in The Sims, right?

 

Resident Evil: Revelations Collection - November 28

Nintendo Switch

Including both RE: Revelations 1 and 2 this Nintendo Switch re-release comes with a few extra features -- mostly in the form of tabletop-mode motion controls.

By holding ZL on the left Joy-Con, you aim your gun by moving the right Joy-Con around. You can also quickly reload you weapon by simulating putting a magazine into a gun with the left Joy-Con and use your knife attack by slashing horizontally with the right Joy-Con.

The Revelations Collection also supports local mulitplayer across two Switch consoles.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - Late November

iOS, Android

The highly anticipated Animal Crossing mobile game isn't what a lot of us expected, but I for one am glad. Nintendo changing things up and subverting expectations is one of the reasons they've managed to successfully re-invent their roster so many times over the years.

Now with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, fans will be able to run a camp site from your phone -- along with all the usual Animal Crossing activities. That includes fishing, finding shells, befriending lovable guests of the site, and of course, paying off debt. I haven't seen any sign of Tom Nook yet, but the slightly suspicious looking Giovanni seems like he may be the slime ball giving players grief this time around. 

It's available in Australia right now, but the rest of us will unfortunately have to wait, though there are ways to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp early

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And that's every game worth mentioning that's coming out in November. Man, it is good to be a gamer right now. Like I said, there's so many awesome games coming out this month that it's going to be tough to choose how to spend my limited free time.

How are you going to spend yours? Let me know in the comments section below!

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