Playstation Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Playstation RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Indies with Surprisingly Well-Crafted Stories https://www.gameskinny.com/r458g/8-indies-with-surprisingly-well-crafted-stories https://www.gameskinny.com/r458g/8-indies-with-surprisingly-well-crafted-stories Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500 bazookajo94

Look, I know what you're thinking. You see an article title with the word "Indie" next to "Well-Crafted Stories," and you suspect another writer praising the wonders of Undertale or LIMBO. And I am such trash for indie games that I'd probably be the one writing that article. 

But I'm also trash for the underdogs, for the stories and games that don't get noticed unless they're played by popular let's players who post two videos a day and need more to sustain their income than AAA games or featured Steam games. 

So here are just a few indie games with stories worth your time that might have gotten lost in the dark shadows of skeletons based on fonts or boys lost in the woods.

One Chance 

One Chance, released by Newgrounds in 2010, follows the story of John Pilgrim, a scientist who thought he created the cure for cancer but instead doomed all of humanity -- unless he could find a cure in six days. In this adventure-style pixelated game, walking, talking, and opening doors are about the extent of your control over the character, but these simple actions still have lasting effects, depending on where the player walks, who they talk to, and what door they open. 

At first glance, the story and concept might not seem that original. I Am Legend immediately comes to mind. And yet another game where our choices matter? Haven't faced the consequences of our actions enough?

But One Chance is different in that you only get just that: one chance. If you reload the browser, the website returns you to the point in the game you ended on. Whatever ending you got, you got. And this game, believe it or not, gets pretty sad. Because John Pilgrim is not alone in his life; he's got a wife and child, and his choices affect them, too. Even before the whole, you know, all-of-humanity-is-doomed ending. 

So good luck, because you've only got one shot to save everyone. 

That Dragon, Cancer

Following the vein of cancer and the tragedy it brings to life comes Numinous Games That Dragon, CancerWritten and created by Ryan and Amy Green, the point-and-click adventure game follows the true story of Ryan and Amy and their son Joel, who was diagnosed with cancer at twelve months old. The gameplay pairs exploration with the upsetting and uplifting moments the family experienced during the years Joel lived with his illness before his death in 2014. 

This is a sad story, but it's a good story, and one worth playing. Even for those who are not as religious as the Green's, whose faith seeped into some aspects of the game. The genuine emotional rawness of this story resonates with all players, even those who haven't personally experienced cancer in their lives.

You can buy That Dragon, Cancer on iTunes or the Google Play Store for $9.99.

OFF

Not all good stories have to be solely sad. They can be creepy and sad, like in the French RPG game OFFDeveloped by Mortis Ghost in 2008 and translated into English in 2011, this Unproductive Fun Time production follows the Batter as he makes his way through the Zones while defeating creatures on his "important mission." The gameplay follows standard RPG protocol: gaining experience after every battle and leveling up eventually, adding members to your party, and turn-based combat mechanics. 

As the player, The Puppeteer, guides The Batter on his quest alongside his cat guide, The Judge, The Puppeteer starts to question who's really evil, who really deserves to be "purified," and if they should be in charge of making that decision at all. 

You can download the game for free here and find out for yourself what's really going on in OFF. 

Calm Time

I've mentioned a pixelated game before and I'm going to do it again with free-to-play Calm Timedeveloped four years ago by GoosEntertainment. This short indie horror game introduces the player as someone who lives on their own in an isolated house with only the wind and stars as company. Tired of being lonely, they invite people to their house for a dinner party. 

And then people start dying. 

Though the game doesn't have an expansive story to captivate its players' hearts, there is just enough for players to start questioning their own morals. To make them sit back and think about their own life choices and whether or not they really think an isolated idea would be such a good idea after all. 

Download the game here and get ready for your peaceful night to get weird. 

Layers of Fear

Who says scary games can't have plot? Maybe the same people who say they read certain magazines for their articles...

Layers of Fear stars a man traversing his own house while trying to survive his crumbling psyche as he struggles to solve the mystery of his past. While being yet another game that's following in P.T.'s footsteps, this 2016 title succeeds by having an original plot that can get pretty spooky. 

Games that have protagonists with hallucinations bring a unique kind of fear, one that has players questioning everything they explore. And in Layers of Fear, they're going to have questions. Why is this guy seeing things? And what's up with his painting? Actually, just what's up with that guy in general? His deterioration into madness is "fun" to experience, and scary to witness. There are also three unique endings to the game, so you get to try three different times to make sure he gets the ending he deserves. 

Paint this game into your heart and nightmares for only $19.99 on Steam, PlayStation, or Xbox. 

Road Not Taken

Not every game has to be dark and depressing. They can be light and depressing, too, like Spry Fox's Road Not Taken. In this puzzle adventure game, players enter the forest and save the town's lost children from the brisk winter storm. Each level that passes is another year closer to retirement. The player also has the option to woo a town's member in an attempt to start a family of your own. But, much like real life, things don't always turn out as planned. 

The charming art style of Road Not Taken serves as an interesting contrast to the underlying starkness of its story. I'd like to say that everything turns out alright, but the developers didn't use Robert Frost's poem as a promise to its players. 

You can find this game for $14.99 on PlayStation, Steam, or Xbox. 

The Swapper

Maybe cute and sad isn't your scene, as mine apparently is. Well, don't worry, because Facepalm Game's sci-fi adventure The Swapper is here to satisfy your futuristic story needs. 

The game opens in an abandoned research facility with the player finding a device that allows them to clone themselves and then swap between their clones, which can only mean that they must use their clones in puzzles that lead them across the facility and closer to the answers surrounding its doomed fate. 

The story feels reminiscent of some of the abandoned vaults in a Fallout game, ones where dead things are everywhere and you can only piece together what happened through journals written and rooms abandoned. Plus, the game is beautiful. Like, seriously gorgeous. 

The Swapper is available on Steam or PlayStation for $14.99. 

Presentable Liberty

That's right. I did it. I saved the best for last. Or, at least, my favorite for last. Presentable Libertydeveloped by Wertpol in 2014 and free to play, tells the story of a prisoner in a cell with sparse interaction from the outside world save for the ticking of a clock and letters from someone the prisoner knows, someone they don't know, and the staff from the prison itself. 

The game begins with the players resigning themselves to the fate of their cell, and then the letters start to reveal more of the secrets behind why the player is locked up and what their friends are doing on the outside, and suddenly they are invested, suddenly they care, suddenly the game start playing tricks on the players mind, giving them a real sense of isolation and despair. 

Perhaps the best place to see the psychological toll this game takes on a player is to commit yourself to the hour of Markiplier's let's play of this game. 

Or, you know, you could play the game and experience it for yourself. You do you. 

As you might have noticed, many of these stories are rather sad, but good stories can be more than sad. They can be cute and sad, or scary and sad, or not sad at all (and thus probably not very good). However, no matter the emotion someone gets when playing a game and experiencing its story, if they finish the game having felt something, then something must have gone right. And though these games may be hard to find or don't have the best quality around, they deserve a chance to have their good (ie sad) stories heard. 

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How to Diffuse a Bomb Without Losing All Your Friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/how-to-diffuse-a-bomb-without-losing-all-your-friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/how-to-diffuse-a-bomb-without-losing-all-your-friends Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:45 -0500 bazookajo94

So you've got a lot of friends but not a lot of games to play. You're tired of Cards Against Humanity, and you can't sit through another round of [insert popular FPS here]. You don't wanna browse the shops for more games, and you don't want to leave your house for an activity because, ew, outside. 

Maybe the best solution to your problem is Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a multiplayer VR game in which one person wears the headset and sees a bomb and whoever else is in the room (e.g., your friends and loved ones) sees a manual. The one diffusing the bomb describes what they see, and the people reading the manual describe what the bomb diffuser must do in order to diffuse the bomb before time runs out and everybody explodes. 

I don't even have to tell you how this game could cause actual, literal explosions -- of rage and confusion and overall mayhem. GameSkinny has already mentioned this is a game to destroy a relationship. 

Instead, this article aims to give you some tips so that you can survive the first few bombs without losing your mind -- and everyone you love and cherish. 

First thing to remember? 

Don't be a jerk. Just keep repeating that to yourself over and over as the night progresses. Don't be a jerk. Don't say, "How are you not seeing this? How are you not understanding this? It's right in front of your face?" 

That isn't productive. That isn't going to help. It's going to shut the whole operation down, and everyone is going to die. Don't say degrading things out loud to your friends while you play a game. That should be a rule in every multiplayer game. 

Don't be a jerk. 

 

Second general piece of advice? 

If someone hasn't played this game before, but you have, don't act like you know everything. Let them discover the wonders of diffusing a bomb on their own. Keep your mouth shut. Remember the reason you started playing this game in the first place: because you want to have a fun game night with your friends. Not because you want to show off how smart you can be and how much better you are at this game than they are. 

If you start acting like you know everything and say things like, "Oh, just give me that, I'll do it," or "Just listen to me and stop listening to everyone else," tension is going to rise immediately. 

Okay, now that the general "don't be a jerk" tactics are out of the way, here are just a few tips concerning some of the modules that show up a lot and confuse even the most veteran players. 

On the Subject of Wires

If you are diffusing the bomb, do not start telling the people what color the wires are. And if you are reading the manual, do not ask what color the wires are. 

Just don't. It doesn't matter. The easiest way to get through this module is to ask how many wires there are -- and that's it. Here's a scenario:

The diffuser says, "There are six wires." The manual reader should then begin reading down the list for six wires, top to bottom, until they find their answer. Most of the time, you don't even have to read the whole line because if the manual reader says, "If there is only one black wire--" and the diffuser cuts them off to say, "There are no black wires," great. Move on to the next line.

Same with On the Subject of The Button. Don't worry about what the diffuser says. Just go down the list (in the exact order the list goes in), until you find what matches. Do not skip the order, because if there is a match earlier on the list than the line you skipped to, you are going to mess something up and earn yourself and all your friends a strike. 

On the Subject of Wire Sequence 

Yay, more wires! But this one is a little more complicated. And the first couple of times you do this one, you're gonna have a bad time. Because now you do need to say the colors of the wires. 

But wait! Stop! Don't tell the manual reader how many wires and what colors and what they're connected to immediately. Instead, go one wire at a time, top to bottom. The diffuser should only worry about the color and number occurrence of the wire; the manual reader is in charge of telling them if they should cut the wire. 

For example, say your module looks likes this:

The diffuser should say, "First occurrence black," as the first wire is black and it's the first time we've seen a black wire. The manual reader will then look at their manual and say to the diffuser "A, B, or C." Diffuser, because this wire is connected to a B, cut it, then move on. The manual reader is only going to say the letter corresponding with the wire if it should be cut.

For example, when the diffuser moves on to the next wire and says, "Second occurrence black," the manual reader will say, "A or C." If that black wire had been connected to a B, don't cut it, and don't waste everyone's time by saying, "But it's connected to a B!" If it's connected to a B, don't cut it, and move on. "First occurrence red." "C." Great. Don't cut the red wire, and then move on. Remember that when you press the down arrow to move on, the occurrences travel too, so the next black wire you see is going to be, "Third occurrence black." 

Eventually, you'll be powerhousing through that one, bing-bang-boom--err, I mean, no boom. 

On the Subject of Memory

I saved the worst for last. Okay, so maybe the Morse code one is the worst, or the Venn diagram one, but I'm here to give you the basics, not the whole game guide (though if you want it, I'll be here all week). 

Are you ready for the best advice of your life for getting past this difficult module? Okay, well, here it is:

Dude, just write it down.

This is a team effort, so utilize the team. The diffuser says what stage number it is, the manual reader reads the hint, and then the diffuser should say what position and number they just pressed. And then someone on the outside should write that down. Then, the diffuser, who already has enough on their plate, doesn't have to remember everything. 

But maybe you have more fun with the struggle. Maybe you prefer things to be diffucult, and that's okay. Or maybe you don't have asshole friends and never had to worry about losing friendships while playing this game, and that's okay too.

But just in case tensions do run high and suddenly everyone hates each other by the end of the night, these tips can hopefully ease some of the strain off your suddenly fragile relationships. 

Or maybe you should just stick to Card Against Humanity. 

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FFXV Comrades Guide: How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/mu9om/ffxv-comrades-guide-how-birthplaces-affect-your-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/mu9om/ffxv-comrades-guide-how-birthplaces-affect-your-stats Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:45:13 -0500 Autumn Fish

After jumping into Final Fantasy XV's newest expansion, Comrades, and clearing your first mission, you'll find yourself in a run-down Lestallum in need of a strong Glaive like yourself. As you make your way to the mission briefing counter, however, Libertus stops you to hand over a pair of daggers -- your own, actually, with your name and birthplace carved into the handle.

This is where the game allows you to select your birthplace. It may seem like an arbitrary decision at a glance, but when selecting one, you'll soon find out that each birthplace affects your character's stats in unique ways.

In this guide, we'll go over all the stats that are affected by birthplace and how each choice impacts your character's attributes. Whether you're looking to take advantage of every stat boost possible for your character build or simply wish to know what the stats actually do, this guide is sure to help you come to a decision.

How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats in FFXV: Comrades

Six character stats are ultimately affected by your birthplace, all of which support a variety of gameplay styles.

  • HP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideHP -- Determines your maximum health.
  • MP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMP -- Determines your maximum magical energy.
  • Strength Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideStrength -- Affects strength of your physical attack.
  • Vitality Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideVitality -- Affects strength of your physical defense.
  • Magic Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMagic -- Determines damage dealt with magical attacks.
  • Spirit Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideSpirit -- Determines damage incurred from magical attacks and HP recovered from curative spells.

The birthplace you choose will not directly impact any other stats. However, it may indirectly impact stats such as your Attack or Defense, since the birthplace will affect the attributes with which they are calculated.

There are four birthplaces to choose from: Galahd, Insomnia, Lestallum, and Altissia.

Galahd Birthplace Stats

Galahd is the birthplace of many offensive specialists, blessed with high power and magic. Their starting stats are rather balanced:

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 480 55  24  22  53  40

 

HP is a little low compared to other birthplaces, however. People from Galahd benefit from a decent MP stat and the second best Strength and Magic, making it the best birthplace to pick if you're looking to have a strong mixed offensive build.

Insomnia Birthplace Stats

Insomnia is the birthplace of many spellcasting specialists, blessed with high magic and max MP. Their starting stats heavily favor magical attributes:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 432 60  19  22  57  40

 

HP and Strength are lower than any other birthplace out there, but people from Insomnia also boast the highest MP and Magic stats available in the expansion. This is a great class to pick if you plan using a lot of MP or firing a bunch of offensive spells.

Lestallum Birthplace Stats

Lestallum is the birthplace of many all-out attackers, blessed with high power and max HP. Their starting stats heavily favor physical attributes:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 528 49  26  22  38  40

 

MP and Magic are lower than any other birthplace you can choose, but people from Lestallum also boast the highest HP and Strength stats around. This is a fantastic choice if you want to dish out as much damage as possible with your weapons.

Altissia Birthplace Stats

Altissia is the birthplace of many resilient folks, blessed with high vitality, spirit, and max HP. Their starting attributes heavily favor all forms of defense:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 504 55  22  24  48  44

 

Compared to people from other birthplaces, Altissians don't really have any low starting stats. They have the best Vitality and Spirit out of anyone, and their HP and MP are both fairly decent. Its Magic and Strength stats honestly aren't bad either.

Altissia is a great choice if you want to tank, heal, or are undecided in your roll. Not only is it nice to just have a little extra defense, but the fact that this birthplace doesn't really have any straight up bad stats makes it a great defacto choice for any playstyle.

Can You Reset Your Birthplace in FFXV: Comrades?

Once you've chosen a birthplace for your character, you cannot reset it -- at least not conventionally. You may make separate Avatars for different birthplaces, and while they share inventories and progression, they each need to be leveled up separately, which is a bit tedious.

In order to change the birthplace for your main character, you need to start the game over in New Game+. This can be done at any time by heading through the door behind the mission counter in Lestallum, but I advise that you beat the story first so that you're not under-geared going into the harder difficulty.

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Hopefully, this birthplaces guide makes your decision a bit easier to make. If you're struggling to gain power early-on, you may benefit from our Weapon Remodeling Guide. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Final Fantasy XV: Comrades!

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Need for Speed Payback Guide: All Billboards Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/hamz7/need-for-speed-payback-guide-all-billboards-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/hamz7/need-for-speed-payback-guide-all-billboards-locations Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:31:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

Need for Speed: Payback offers some exciting challenges for players who like to smash and destroy the beautiful scenery of the Fortune Valley. As of now, there are 30 billboards all over the world map that can be destroyed using ramps and your own car.

If you manage to smash all the billboards into smithereens, then you will get a special achievement -- Does Not Obey (20G, Bronze, 20pts). If you don't want to spend hours upon hours searching for all their locations on your own, then simply follow this guide for all the billboard locations in Need for Speed: Payback.

All Billboards Locations in Mount Providence

The first 10 billboards are located in the western district of Fortune Valley:

  • Two of them are located in the northern area near Marshall Observatory.
  • One at Fortune Valley Resort & Casino, one at Soledad Church, and one at Mount Graint -- all can be found in the central part of Mount Providence.
  • The remaining five are scattered all along the southern highway that leads to Newhaven Cabins.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Canyon and Liberty Desert

Liberty Desert contains six billboards:

  • The first one can be found near the Las Almas Church in the southern part of the desert.
  • Two more are standing on the way to the Fortune Valley Railway Station.
  • Another one is located to the east from the Fortune Valley Solar Project.
  • The last two are positioned to the east and north from the Airfield 73.

Silver Canyon contains 11 billboards:

  • The first one is located at the Ember Peak.
  • The other two can be found to the east from the Gas Station.
  • Another one can be seen way up north at the Silver Dam.
  • The remaining seven are scattered along the central and southern parts of the Silver Canyon Highway.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Rock

There are only three billbaord locations in Silver Rock:

  • The first one stands at the crossroads of the Boomville and The Barrio districts in the north.
  • One can be found at the Lakeside.
  • And the last one along the highway leading to Ark Tower.

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Now that you know where to look for all 30 billboards in Need for Speed: Payback, you will quickly earn the Does Not Obey trophy. And, if you're having trouble finding the specialized car dealerships in the game, follow the guide below:

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EA Apologizes For Microtransactions In Battlefront II; Will Temporarily Revoke It https://www.gameskinny.com/8lz0y/ea-apologizes-for-microtransactions-in-battlefront-ii-will-temporarily-revoke-it https://www.gameskinny.com/8lz0y/ea-apologizes-for-microtransactions-in-battlefront-ii-will-temporarily-revoke-it Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:30 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The recently released Star Wars Battlefront II has been receiving a great deal of backlash from fans regarding its extensive microtransactions and loot box system. It has been well documented at this point that the game's credit and reward system seems to be skewed against the playerbase in order to encourage further spending following the initial $60-$80 investment.

Many fans have discovered that in order to unlock and play as even one of the games "heroes" -- one of several major characters from the Star Wars franchise -- one would have to play for upwards of 40 hours. And if someone were to attempt to unlock all of the content available in the game, they would either have to earn credits naturally at a total time roughly equivalent to six months, or skip the whole process by paying a grand total of $2,100 to unlock things right away. 

Naturally, most players of Battlefront II were unhappy with this model, and they weren't afraid to let EA hear their complaints. In response to the backlash, EA has duly responded to the overall negative reaction to the game's progression model. On EA's official Star Wars-related Twitter, developer DICE's General Manager Oskar Gabrielson had this to say:

It's important to note that they did not say they would be removing the loot box and micropayment transaction model from the game forever, but rather until they can make changes to the game that better accommodate the system, downplay its importance, or generally adjust the game's progression. How this will effect the game overall is yet to be seen, and the date when the micro-transactions will return is unknown, but hopefully whatever changes are made are done for the sake of the game and the player.  

Star Wars Battlefront II is available now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Battlefront II as it develops!

 

 

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Fornite Guide: How to Be a Bush https://www.gameskinny.com/e22rp/fornite-guide-how-to-be-a-bush https://www.gameskinny.com/e22rp/fornite-guide-how-to-be-a-bush Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:47:19 -0500 bazookajo94

What's more fun than than dropping into a map with 100 other players for you to take down in an epic race to be the last man standing?

Being a bush while you do it. 

In Fortnite's Battle Royale mode, the developers added a new feature: the ability to disguise yourself as a bush. Really, I don't even have to talk this up anymore -- it's as awesome as it sounds. 

But does it sound as easy as it should be? Obtaining the elusive drop item is, well, extremely lucky for some and downright impossible for others. But there are ways to make it easier to find. 

So here's the rundown on how to be a bush in Fortnite -- if you can survive long enough to use it. 

First and foremost, you should know that not only is the bush disguise legendary in reputation, it's also legendary in status, meaning it's a very rare drop item. The best way to even have a chance at finding one is to frequent the drop areas (a common tactic for all players, so good luck) or looting one off a player you just killed, assuming they didn't put it on immediately after they obtained it (because who wouldn't). However, if some lucky schmo was able to get two bushes, boom, they drop the second bush upon death, and you get to fulfill your lifelong dream (as of one week ago). 

You should also be aware that the bush is a consumable item, so if someone hits your bush, it's gone. Donezo. Finished. Even storms can damage the disguise. 

So now you've got the bush from sheer force of will and a lot of luck. What now? Obviously, stay outside. Bushes do not occur naturally indoors. People are going to notice that something is afoot if a bush is just chillin' beside a fireplace. Remember what you are now: not a human but a bush. 

As soon as you realize the disguise works the most effectively outside, some ways to remain suspicious include blending in with the environment by standing still (bushes don't walk around -- or dance. Do not dance; I repeat, do not dance), hiding amongst your fellow bush (find your new brethren and accept your new home), and crouch (you are not a tree and your legs are not a trunk).

And always remember that as soon as the bush takes damage, it's gone, so avoid the storm border if you want to continue being a bush. 

By the way, you can get some hilarious kills as a bush. Don't believe me? Just watch. 

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7 Family-Friendly Co-op Games on the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/7-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/7-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:14 -0500 Allison M Reilly

If you have kids and a PS4, then one of the two scenarios is likely happening in your home:

Scenario 1: You own the PS4. Your kid(s) want to play games with you, and you sure aren't letting them play Grand Theft Auto V. If your kids are young enough, then perhaps you just hand them an unplugged controller so they feel like they're playing.

Scenario 2: Your kid(s) own the PS4. They're playing all sorts of games and having a great time, but not anything you really like. You're wondering if there's anything you and your kids can play together and have a bit of bonding time.

No matter which scenario is most applicable to you, there are certainly some awesome, family-friendly co-op PS4 games out there. The following seven titles are sure to create a fun, memorable experience playing video games together with your kids.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is a platformer in which up to four players make their way through many, many levels -- 120 levels, to be exact. In the game, Rayman has awoken from a 100-year nap, and the world is in trouble. He and his friends Murfy and Globox must come together and save the world from the nasty nightmares. No matter the age of your kids, Rayman Legends is pure entertainment for the whole family.

Buy Rayman Legends now from Amazon: $20.88

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! is a beautiful Metroidvania-style brawler/platformer inspired by Mexican culture and folklore. The main character is Juan, who is killed trying to rescue El Presidente's daughter. While in the land of the dead, Juan finds a mask that gives him superpowers and allows him to transcend both worlds. Up to four people can play, but the introduction of the game needs to be completed solo before everyone can join in.

Buy Guacamelee! now from the PlayStation Store: $14.99

Minecraft

Minecraft can be a co-op game in two ways. One, where each player has a controller and you utilize the split-screen mode. Or two, where one person is on screen building things and the other is more of a designer or architect behind the on-screen creations. Of course, there's the not-so-secret third way, which is where everyone just takes turns trolling each other. Nonetheless, Minecraft is a wonderful co-op game if you're looking for a title that is less about defeating enemies and more about building the world you want to be in.

Buy Minecraft now from Amazon: $19.99

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a gorgeous 3D platformer filled with everything anyone could want in a platformer: puzzles, action, mystique, and a compelling story. Players choose from Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard, who each have unique skills and abilities. Unlike the other games on this list, the co-op is only for up to three players. 

Buy Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power now from the PlayStation Store: $21.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Who doesn't love the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies? Hopefully not your kids. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is very similar to the first game in terms of gameplay, but the sequel adds new plant classes, new zombie classes, and new game modes. In this game, the plants are on the offensive for the first time, fighting to reclaim Zomburbia from the zombies. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, a hub world in which players can explore, find missions, collect things, plant pots, and do other fun things.

Buy Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 now from Amazon: $19.49

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is for one to four players and a good game for players, say, age 10 and up. It's similar to Gauntlet Legends for N64, where it's a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler in which players can choose to be a wizard, valkyrie, elf, or warrior. Each role has different abilities, but only one player is allowed per role. The game doesn't have the most varied levels or gameplay, which makes it good for younger or less experienced gamers.

Buy Gauntlet: Slayer Edition now from Amazon: $19.99

Overcooked

If you want to encourage your kids to cook more often but aren't sure how to get them interested, then Overcooked may be a good place to start. This cooking simulator for up to four players involves preparing a wide variety of dishes in crazy kitchens under crazier circumstances. For example, your kitchen could be split between two trucks traveling at varying speeds, or just simply on fire. If cooperation just isn't your family's thing, then there is a competitive multiplayer mode as well.

Buy Overcooked now from Amazon: $19.99

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With the holidays coming up, there's still plenty of time to do the shopping and pick up a title or two off this list. Hopefully this year, it won't be just you or your kids spending time by themselves playing the cool new video games but instead everyone gathered around the console together to celebrate the festive season.

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11 Most Anticipated New FPS Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/y6ay3/11-most-anticipated-new-fps-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/y6ay3/11-most-anticipated-new-fps-games-of-2018 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:23:46 -0500 Ty Arthur

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While these 2018 FPS games are the ones we're most looking forward to, there are undoubtedly many, many more that will arrive next year.

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There are also several in development that currently don't have solid release dates and may show up around Christmas time. However, those games, such as Borderlands 3, Serious Sam 4, and Metroid Prime 4, will likely slip past 2018.

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What 2018 shooter are you most looking forward to playing, and what upcoming FPS titles did we miss that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hunt: Showdown

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Developer: Crytek
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q4 2018

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This one was originally supposed to be a radically different game titled Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age. It was a game we were looking forward to all the way back in 2015.

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Fast forward and development has since changed hands and shifted radically to this free-to-play online FPS. PvP and PvE elements are on full display in Hunt: Showdown, packing a survival experience with strong horror leanings into match-based shooter gameplay.

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There are some really interesting elements that make the game worth checking out, from its non-standard old-west monster hunting style to interesting mechanics where your powers pass through bloodlines to new hunters when you die. Look forward to alpha arriving this winter and the full game launching some time in 2018.

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War Of Rights

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Developer: Campfire Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018

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When it comes to shooters, there aren't too many games centered on the U.S. Civil War -- probably because tactics in that war consisted of "line up, stupidly put your Colonel in front, and fire at each other while running forward until you run out of ammo."

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War Of Rights aims to rectify that oversight, featuring as much historical accuracy and realism as possible. From the uniforms and units to weaponry and more, everything here is designed to be historically accurate. Expect large-scale battles in this one as well.

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Hell Let Loose

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Developer: Black Matter
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q2 2018

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Another large-scale WWII simulator, Hell Let Loose is aiming for a realistic style. It's mechanics focus on teamwork (along the lines of Squad) as you set up forward bases and weapon nests across the battlefield.

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Yes, it will be massive -- as these games need to be -- with up to 100 players battling each other at once. There's also a painstaking level of work going into the game's maps, with the developer recreating 1945 French villages based on archived footage and satellite photos. So needless to say, this game is going to be accurate. 

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Ready Or Not

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Developer: Void Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018

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Seriously, how amazing is that title? Tackling the Rainbow Six Siege style and focusing on SWAT teams, this one is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Competitive and co-op modes for up to eight players will be featured in multiplayer alongside a single-player campaign.

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Based on the trailer released earlier this year, it seems like Ready or Not is going to get gritty and dive into uncomfortably dark topics, from school shootings to human trafficking. 

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Enlisted

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Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018 (maybe)

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Gaijin is already known for its historical MMOs like War Thunder, and now we're getting a boots-on-the-ground WWII entry that focuses on the soldiers rather than the tanks and planes.

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These battles are supposed to be absolutely huge, with up to 150 players fighting each other at once, and the game is currently slated to run on an F2P model.

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Whether the game actually arrives next year is a little up in the air, as at this point, there's nothing even approximating a release window from the developer and no actual video trailers have arrived featuring anything resembling finished gameplay.

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Deep Rock Galactic

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Developer: Ghost Ship Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Sometime 2018

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Honestly, they had me at "space dwarves," although I am a little worried this is just going to be Space Hulk: Deathwing with cutesier graphics. This 1-4 player co-op FPS features procedurally generated levels that you will have to dig through to make your own tunnels, choke points, and defensive positions while battling waves of enemies. The fully destructible environments seem like the big draw here, potentially revolutionizing how shooters of this style work.

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Call Of Duty 2018

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Developer: Treyarch
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: November 2018

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Treyarch returns to the Call Of Duty rotation next year following 2015's Black Ops III, and it's totally up in the air as to what we could be getting. Considering we just ping-ponged from the far future in 2016's Infinite Warfare back to the 1940s with this year's WW2, anything is possible. 

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There are rumblings COD 2018 will return to a modern-day or near-future entry based on some recent job postings at Treyarch, but who knows if that's accurate. Every year the speculation comes in hard and heavy, and it's usually wrong (we never did get that Vietnam entry or Ghosts 2). So it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. 

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Anthem

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Developer: Bioware
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Q4 2018

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Bioware and EA have teamed up for a new take on Destiny's popular shared-world shooter formula -- and it looks pretty spectacular so far. The focus here is on playing with your friends and acquiring new loot as your squad of Freelancers blow up anything and everything that moves using your super-powered exosuits.

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System Shock Remastered

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Developer: Night Dive Studios
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4
Release Date: 2018

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This granddaddy of FPS hybrids was rightly heralded as an amazing breakthrough when it arrived in 1999, and there's no question the series played a major role in influencing beloved FPS titles like Bioshock.

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Now it's coming back, bigger and more beautiful than ever, recreated in the Unreal 4 engine. Although it's called a "remaster," it's essentially being re-built from the bottom up and will feature the talents of legendary game designers like Chris Avellone.

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A substantial update about the state of the game's development also just landed on Kickstarter and can be read here.

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Metro Exodus

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Developer: 4A Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: 2018

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It's been four years since Metro: Last Light, and it's beyond time for a return to this bleak vision of humanity's blasted future. Artyom will reprise his role as the main character in Metro Exodus. The story will pick up from Metro: Last Light, but put a few years between the two narratives for storytelling purposes. Expect plenty of twisted, mutated beasties, some mind-shattering alien something-or-others, and a new crafting system!

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Far Cry 5

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: February 27, 2018

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Just like Wolfenstein 2 somehow caused a stir with its "Nazis are bad" stance, Far Cry 5 managed to get the politically-minded all riled up with its primary mob of baddies -- a conservative cult in rural Montana.

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We've already covered that faux controversy at length, so all I'll say here is that I'm a rural Montanan, and I can't wait to play this game! When someone wisecracked that it's "just Far Cry Primal 2", I legitimately laughed out loud, and seeing the backwoods of my terrifying state rendered digitally should be an explosively good time.

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If you've loved the previous Far Cry games, it's a good bet this one will deliver -- and that's not to mention we're finally getting rid of the overused tower system in favor of newer mechanics. There will also be a buddy system implemented here, forcing you to convince other people to fight for your cause. And of course, there will be more animal taming shenanigans, which always a good thing. 

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Another year is almost in the bag? Where did the time go? Oh, that's right, it went into playing all of 2017's awesome FPS titles!

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This year killed it on the first-person-shooter front, with behemoths like Destiny 2 arriving to dominate team-based play and awesome single-player experiences in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Call Of Duty WW2 offering up all the Nazi-slaying you could ever want.

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After Doom got its return to the spotlight not too long ago, it was obvious we'd see other classic titles get rebooted. That's what happened when Quake returned with Champions (although it sadly seems to have faded into obscurity again already) and, of course, the long overdue Lawbreakers finally arriving.

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But enough of the past: now its time to look to the future! From horror to comedy and plenty of historic battle recreations, there are 11 FPS games you should be looking forward to in 2018. Here they are. 

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 

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What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!

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Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard
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Price: $149.99

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The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.

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The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.

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Razer DeathStalker Keyboard
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Price: $43.31

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Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.

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Recon 320 Gaming Headset
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Price: $39.95

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Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.

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Glitch Pillow Plush
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Price: $25

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If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.

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Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt
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Price: $19.50

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The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.

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Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush
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Price: $15.99

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Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!

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Twitch Tumbler Cup
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Price: $15

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Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.

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Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE
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Price: $11.99

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We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.

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Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners
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Price: $3.51-$9.99

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This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!

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Retro Vintage YouTube Poster
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Price: $5.45 - $12.28

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Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.

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YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium, Twitch.tv, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.

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So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.

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12 Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/mteb2/12-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/mteb2/12-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:05 -0500 Ty Arthur

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We covered a lot of ground in terms of gameplay, story, and style in these 12 entries, but there are still plenty more PS4 games to look out for to keep your kids entertained.

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If you go back to previous years, there are classics like Unravel and Minecraft to explore, and coming up soon, we'll have more adorable kid-focused gameplay with the crowdfunded Knights And Bikes.

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What did you think of our 2017 PS4 kid's game picks, and what games did we miss that you would recommend parents pick up this holiday season?

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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This one may be more for the older kids, as it does feature some PG-13 style adult situations and humor, but if your spawn are fans of the Marvel movies, they'll be equally at home with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.

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With so much of the game focused on the animation and storytelling, with only minimal gameplay interaction in the Telltale formula, it has the added benefit of keeping little eyes glued to the screen like a regular TV show.

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

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Much like Call Of Duty or any of the yearly sports titles for the adults, you can pretty reliably set your clock to the regular release of new Lego console games every single year. 

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2017 was a pretty big year for Lego titles, and not just the open-world creation games like Lego Worlds. As Christmas approaches, Marvel Super Heroes 2 returns to the Marvel well, letting your kids play as Rocket, Hulk, Thor, Dr. Strange, and many more.

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If the Marvel universe isn't your favorite, don't forget the Ninjaga Movie got its own game for the PS4 earlier this year, along with Lego City Undercover, which features similar gameplay but follows the story of undercover cop Chase McCain.

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Lego Worlds

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This is the classic Lego experience finally translated over to consoles. Helping to fill the void lost by the world creation mechanics of Disney Infinity, with Lego Worlds you can pretty much build or do anything you imagine -- from modern day racecar tracks to medieval fantasy castles with dragons -- making it perfect for little kids seeking a creative outlet.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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While the unbearable wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 drags on, there's still time to get your kids into the earlier games, with several releases hitting the PS4 this year.

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Besides the remastered editions Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 coming to the Playstation store, there's the absolute mouthful that is Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (whew, say that five times fast).

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In addition to remastered gameplay and a three hour new segment, this entry comes with a full movie digging into the past history of the series.

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Loot Rascals

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It's not often you see Rogue-like games aimed at the younger crowd, but that's what you get with the randomly generated levels and interesting card loot system from Loot Rascals.

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Some of the characters and locations are exceedingly odd in their designs, but if you weren't scared off by anything in Katamari Damacy, you should be good to go with Loot Rascals.

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Deformers

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A multiplayer entry, Deformers offers up loads of silly arena fun somewhere between Rocket League and a 3D version of Agar.io. The kids will choose from characters such as fat hamsters, pugs, cupcakes, sharks, cows, pigs, and many more, each with plenty of extra, silly items like whip cream topping hats to blingy gold chains.

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Mages Of Mystralia

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For the fantasy-loving family, Mages Of Mystralia focuses on a young girl who discovers she has magic powers and features a story written by Ed Greenwood of Forgotten Realms fame.

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The gameplay is somewhere between an action RPG and an old-school adventure game, as you craft new spells while figuring out how to solve puzzles, and the vibrant animated art style is sure to please the little ones.

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Sonic Forces

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Sega consoles may not have survived the onslaught of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft devices, but they did spawn everybody's favorite hedgehog and his robot-creating nemesis.

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At this point, everyone pretty much knows what to expect from a fast-paced Sonic game, as the characters explore levels at top speed, collect rings, and figure out how to defeat bosses.

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Sonic Forces does go for a bit of a different tone than you may recall from your own childhood, however, with a darker storyline sort of more in line with big-budget Michael Bay summer action movies, so be warned of that ahead of time for the little ones.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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This classic series is remembered fondly by all PS1 fans for a reason, and now the next generation can experience the games we cherished as kids ourselves in a newly revamped version.

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The N. Sane Trilogy is an extremely faithful adaptation of the earlier games, just with better visuals and a less frustrating save system. If you want your kids to experience a bit of gaming history on the more modern PS4 console, be sure to pick this one up.

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Yooka-Laylee

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A whole lot of gamers who are now parents themselves grew up on series like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Ratchet and Clank, so a great cheer went up among those '90s kids when Yooka-Laylee was announced, passing the action-platformer torch to a new generation of children.

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Featuring members of the team involved with Banjo-Kazooie, this updated version of the 3D platformer has everything your children (or even you!) could want from a buddy-duo action adventure game.

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LocoRoco Remastered

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LocoRoco Remastered, an update to the colorful classic originally released in 2006, will have your kids exploring a joyful land as an extremely cute rolling blob who has to morph to fit through the landscape.

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The kid-focused music is cute in the extreme, and the gameplay is actually really solid, so parents will have fun trying it out as well if they are fans of platforming titles.

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World to the West

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World to the West is an action-puzzle title draped in adorably cutesy graphics and boasts a Wild Wwest theme to the soundtrack that will remind gamer parents of the original Wild Arms.

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There are four different characters to choose from, offering different skills as your child figures out how to overcome puzzles, defeat enemies, and reach new areas. While there is some combat and violence, it's all very tame and not graphic at all.

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With every kid out there having already devoured Minecraft, and with the recent collapse of the Disney Infinity series, parents may be on the hunt for new games to keep the little ones occupied.

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We know your kids want the latest thing, and they probably already have Rayman and Little Big Planet, so today we'll be looking exclusively at games actually released this year instead of rehashing big names from previous holiday seasons.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Review https://www.gameskinny.com/61h8v/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-review https://www.gameskinny.com/61h8v/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-review Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:18 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

If you're a fan of South Park, you've most likely played 2014's The Stick of Truth. After years of mediocre South Park video game adaptations, this RPG was a breath of fresh air, with series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone having been heavily involved in its creation. Furthermore, Obsidian, the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic 2 RPGs, was the lead developer for the title.

However, The Stick of Truth was released during the end of the 7th console generation lifespan, so some gamers may have missed out on it. Luckily, series fans who pick up the newest South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole, will have a chance to play its prequel, as a free copy of The Stick of Truth is bundled with the new game.

The Stick of Truth: Then vs. Now

If you're expecting anything new from this version, you'll be disappointed -- outside of the DLC content and a few tweaks here and there, there's nothing really new in this version of The Stick of Truth. It's free game, though, so it's a little more excusable than most remasters that do just the bare minimum.

This version of the game is a little cleaner, now running in 1080p and with PS4 Pro support, but don't expect that much of an improvement. A lot of the frame rate drops that plagued the original have been ironed out, though you will still notice a couple hitches when there are a lot of enemies in battle.

Some minor changes have also been made to address some of the game's more difficult sections. One of the biggest changes includes a fix for the infamous anal probe scene.

It's nowhere near as difficult and frustrating to get past this section now, making the pacing of the game much smoother. That said, the other annoying section, a boss battle with Cartman, still requires too much button mashing. Yeah, I know it's part of the joke, but the joke loses steam when you're forced to partake in it, and it can last for what feels like forever.

Outside of these changes, The Stick of Truth still remains largely the same. 

However, if this will be your first foray into the game, you've got a lot to look forward to either as a fan of the series, as an RPG aficionado, or both.

What to Expect from The Stick of Truth

In The Stick of Truth, you control your own custom-created character and explore the town of South Park, interacting with the various characters from the show. Exploring the town is still a blast, as you watch the various NPCs go about their day, and you even get to befriend some of South Park's most iconic characters.

While a good amount of time is dedicated to exploring the world and solving simple puzzles, most of your time will be dedicated to combat, which takes a few inspirations from the Paper Mario series. Like in Paper Mario, you have the ability to block enemy attack and press buttons in conjunction to perform various special attacks. These mechanics keeps combat exciting, and you won't just be watching your characters standing around and waiting for their turns.

Each of the four class have there own unique skills, ranging from mage and Jew "magic", to special archer and warrior abilities. The only downside is that every weapon and piece of armor you gain isn't specific for each class, which does take away from each of the individuality of the classes. Why try a different class when you can still use a sword or staff?

Despite this, combat is still satisfying and fun. Each of the various villains you face have their own weaknesses, which will have you wanting to change out your party members to alter your tactics. The downside to this is that you can only have one other person in your party -- that's not say there aren't that a lot of them, with each having their own special abilities, but it would have been nice to have at least three characters rather than just two.

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So, does The Stick of Truth hold up? Yeah, it's still a good game. The combat is funny, if on the easy side, it's funny as hell, and manages to tastefully recapture the look and feel of the show.

It's age will show, especially with the vastly superior Fractured But Whole having been released, and it still could've done with a few more fixes with some of the mechanics, but if I'm going down to South Park, I wanna have myself a time.

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VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action Review -- A Hip Flask of the Human Condition https://www.gameskinny.com/n3jty/va-11-hall-a-cyberpunk-bartender-action-review-a-hip-flask-of-the-human-condition https://www.gameskinny.com/n3jty/va-11-hall-a-cyberpunk-bartender-action-review-a-hip-flask-of-the-human-condition Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:55:14 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

DISCLAIMER: This review will be SPOILER-FREE. Enter with confidence.

I'm so glad that I finally get a chance to talk about VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender ActionDeveloped by Venezuelan developer Sukeban Games and recently brought to PlayStation Vita thanks to publisher Wolfgame, VA-11 HALL-A is a visual novel/bartending simulator set in a fascinating Cyberpunk future world. 

VA-11 HALL-A is a narrative-driven game loaded with compelling human themes as well as radical cyberpunk storytelling. It's a game that prioritizes narrative and characters over gameplay, letting the writing take up most of the screentime, and allowing the minimal gameplay to simply function well and exist mainly to serve the story it's telling.

Originally released in 2016, the game was only recently ported to the PlayStation Vita, introducing  some slight differences, which gives people like me an excuse to talk about it again. So, is VA-11 HALL-A so good of a narrative game that it's worth playing again on a handheld? Is it a game that's worth your time at all if you aren't into this kind of "interactive story" sort of game?

Pull up a seat and we'll discuss it. There's a three-drink minimum.

What's in a game?

I'd like to start off this review by addressing the talking point people have brought up regarding whether or not VA-11 HALL-A is really a game or not. This sort of debate tends to come up with games like this (or Gone Home or The Stanley Parable), which emphasize storytelling over gameplay.

To me, in order to be a game, something must have a win condition and a lose condition, the exact definitions of which are up to interpretation. In the case of VA-11 HALL-A, while it's very hard to truly "lose" the game, it is possible to get what the creators call a "good ending" and a "bad ending," which, to me, constitutes both success and failure. So in my mind, VA-11 HALL-A is definitely a game.

Sex, Dogs, and Rock and Roll

VA-11 HALL-A is loaded with intriguing dialogues about a variety of topics, ranging from sensationalist media, racism, mental illness, human augmentation, drugs, family, love, fear of the future, sex (there's quite a lot about sex), and so on. 

If this dialogue makes you uncomfortable, then this might not be the game for you. This stuff isn't constant, but it's very prevalent.

You play as Jill, the bartender working at the BTC-certified chain bar VA-11 in Hall-A, commonly referred to as Valhalla, which is tucked away in a corner in one of the seedier parts of the dystopian cyberpunk setting of Glitch City. The game's story isn't about the city or the world but rather our main character Jill and the many clients she encounters over the course of most of a month during the Mega-Christmas season.

The writing is the most prominent and noteworthy aspect of this game -- which should be expected from a visual novel -- but the gameplay isn't bad either. Your main goal -- as well as the core gameplay -- is to mix drinks in accordance with orders you receive from customers, making sure to carefully read the instructions and get it right. Depending on the situation, you can decide to make a drink bigger or stronger, which can lead to different dialogues and even different story arcs, making every drink in some way matter in terms of overall plot progression.

Some people don't seem to like this game's writing, and a lot of those people say it's because they don't think the characters speak very realistically. To some extent, I can see the validity of their argument. While the characters in VA-11 HALL-A are definitely unique and well fleshed-out, most of the dialogue that comes out of them doesn't exactly sound like average, everyday conversation but rather more like well-composed arguments and anecdotes a lot of the time.

But for me, this isn't a big issue. While it's true that a great deal of VA-11 HALL-A's dialogue doesn't sound all that natural, a fair bit of it still does, and it's always cleverly written, cleverly delivered, and -- perhaps most importantly -- consistent in its quality. Every character in VA-11 HALL-A -- whether you like them or not -- is consistently written whenever they're on screen. You never see a writing discrepancy that makes you think, "That character wouldn't do that," which makes the cast feel alive and often sympathetic, even if they don't always talk like real people. 

What really helps the cast come to life is the wonderful presentation. VA-11 HALL-A is a game meant to visually emulate old PC-98 games, and it does so very well, using gorgeously drawn and emotive character sprites in addition to a color palette that's equal parts bright and colorful and cool and muted. The music is just as diverse, with a variety of original tracks (including a few remixes) that range in mood from calm to frantic, all of which the player can pick out and make a playlist of on the bar's jukebox before the start of every in-game shift. All of these elements help to make the whole experience feel more immersive, and it draws you in quickly and keeps a tight hold on you. 

It also helps that this game can be flat-out hilarious. I laughed constantly while playing through the game, even when doing it for a second time for this review, and I was smiling throughout most of my time with it. It covers all the comedy bases from sight-gags, to puns, to serious jokes and childish jokes, as well as a number of truly dark or perverted jokes (sometimes both) that will leave your mouth hanging open -- all done with expert timing and just the right amount of seriousness for each situation.

Rad Shiba is the best dog. I will fight you on this.

While it excels at comedy, VA-11 HALL-A as a whole isn't afraid to paint with the whole palette of the human experience. The game isn't afraid to be dark or serious when it needs to be, and it pulls this off really well, often creating a great deal of anxiety or tension as you worry for a character you haven't heard from for a while being alone out there in the big, cold world. 

Whether it's Dorothy pushing the boundaries of comfort and making you laugh with stories of her life as a robot sex-worker, hearing more rumors about the origin of your boss Dana Zane's robot arm, or speculating where your co-worker Gillian goes most nights, there's always something interesting going on and some story arc developing. The bartender angle is seriously a perfect approach to organic storytelling, as you're always hearing different news and opinions from regulars as well as one-timers, and you're slowly piecing together the world's story and your own.

The game does an amazing job of using little more than its writing and a variety of unique characters to paint a picture of a truly fleshed-out fictional world that feels alive, all with maybe a dozen different screens and less than half as many locations. VA-11 HALL-A's excellent writing allows it to create a world more real and expansive than the biggest outer space skyboxes that AAA money can buy.

Differences With The Vita Version

This is a review of the recently released PlayStation Vita version of VA-11 HALL-A, which is mostly the same as the PC original but with a few noteworthy differences that might be worth knowing about if you're unsure about which version you'd like you pick up. 

For the most part, Wolfgame has made what I consider to be an excellent port. The smaller screen on the Vita compared to an average PC monitor has been compensated for by cleaning up the user interface and reworking it slightly so that it fits in its new home, which I think was done neatly and efficiently.  

The touchscreen controls working in tandem with the buttons and sticks works very well, and in many ways feels smoother than the original ever did. The visuals also haven't suffered either, as despite being on a much smaller screen, the backgrounds and sprites are all still wonderfully drawn and lively. In all honesty, I would have basically no reservations about calling the Vita version of VA-11 HALL-A the definitive version were it not for just one small difference between it and the PC version.

In both versions of the game you can select your playlist for the jukebox both at the start of your shift and after your break, so that's all the same, but one thing I was actually a bit saddened to see absent from the Vita version was the ability to shuffle through your selected songs during regular gameplay. In the PC version, you could skip between your selected songs, put one specific song on repeat, or even put your whole playlist on shuffle, which was a really cool feature that is unfortunately absent from the Vita version. 

I reached out to the publisher of the Vita version, Wolfgame, in order to ask them about it. I asked if the live jukebox feature was present in the Vita version, and Wolfgame replied with "Not at this time." Their wording makes me think that maybe they're still trying to incorporate the feature into the Vita version (but that could also just be speculation), and if not, I won't hold them to it. It would nice to see it come in at a later date if possible, because with it included, the Vita version really might just be the definitive edition.

Taking a Break From All Your Worries Sure Would Help a Lot

At the end of the day, VA-11 HALL-A isn't a perfect game on either PC or the Vita. The writing has its occasional bumps, the basic gameplay may flat-out bore some people, and it could have done a better job in certain places of conveying information relevant to progression to the player. But despite all that, I'm willing to forgive most its flaws, simply by its virtue of being one of the best narrative-driven games I've ever played.

While I don't want to spoil anything too specific, I will say that after a brief adjustment period to get used to the game's unique style and pacing, I was in love with VA-11 HALL-A. Its diverse cast of characters is one of my favorite that I've seen in video games, the graphics and stylistic presentation are phenomenal at evoking the tone and setting, the music is jammin', and even at its slowest, its story is more engaging than most I've played. 

The gameplay may be basic, but it's just complex and variable enough to be engaging, opening up subtle options for the player in how they want the story to progress and how they want to interact with the fascinating world. I could go on about the game for a good while longer, but it really is just something you need to experience for yourself.

VA-11 HALL-A is a beautifully written, beautiful-looking, beautiful-sounding glimpse into an amazing world full of wonderful characters, and one that I can recommend to absolutely anyone who wants a game with a truly great story -- and even to people who aren't sure if it's for them. It's a world I'd love to live in, and one I know I'll be visiting again very soon. 

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is available now on Steam and PlayStation Vita. You can watch a trailer for the Vita version of the game below:

 

Note: [Review copy for PlayStation Vita provided by Wolfgame.]

 

 

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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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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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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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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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FFXV Comrades Guide: Remodeling and Upgrading Weapon Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/yrjad/ffxv-comrades-guide-remodeling-and-upgrading-weapon-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/yrjad/ffxv-comrades-guide-remodeling-and-upgrading-weapon-stats Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:28:08 -0500 Autumn Fish

Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Multiplayer Expansion is finally out after a short delay, and after hopping into the new content, one of the first things I noticed is that your character really isn't very strong at first.

In fact, you don't even really start out with anything. You don't have any sigils to modify your class and you certainly don't have any weapons that will pack a punch. While you won't be filling out your collection of sigils anytime soon, you can upgrade and remodel your weapons pretty much right off the bat.

If you upgrade certain weapons in Comrades just the right way, they can be remodeled for a ridiculous power boost, which is quite important early on. In this guide, we aim to show you exactly how to upgrade a weapon in order to remodel it for maximum power.

How to Remodel and Upgrade Weapon Stats in FFXV: Comrades

Weapons in FF15: Comrades are upgraded and remodeled with Cid in Lestallum. If you haven't already, you must first power up his Remodeling Shop with 300kW before he can help you. Once that's done, you need to figure out which weapon you want to upgrade.

Is Your Weapon Eligible For Remodeling?

Before you spend a bunch of upgrade materials on a weapon, it's worthwhile to check if it's even eligible for remodeling. Thankfully, all you need to do is check out a weapon's stats to find out. If one or more of their stats have a level bar under it, then the weapon can be remodeled.

How to Remodel and Upgrade Weapon Stats FFXV Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer Expansion Guide

Which Weapon Stats to Upgrade for Remodeling

Upgrading a weapon is as simple as feeding it materials that you earn out on missions. Which materials you feed it, however, determine which stats it upgrades and by how much.

In order to remodel a weapon capable of it, you must use materials that upgrade the stats with level up bars under them. Be careful not to hit the weapon's max level before its stat bars are maxed out, though, because you can't feed it any more upgrade materials after that, leaving you unable to remodel that weapon.

Once every stat bar and the total weapon level is at max, you can finally go ahead and remodel it.

Remodeling the Weapon

Remodeling a weapon sets you back quite a few materials, so you may find you need to grind for a bit before you can do this. If you can swing it, however, don't even hesitate to remodel your weapon when given the chance.

Not only does it basically transform it into an all-new weapon, but its attack power also increases alongside its maximum upgrade level. Assuming there are no further stat bars after the remodel, you are at liberty to tailor the rest of the stats how you want.

With remodeled weapons in your arsenal, you'll shred through the once-frightening mobs of enemies with relative ease. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Multiplayer Expansion.

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Outcast - Second Contact Review: Familiar Story but With a New Look https://www.gameskinny.com/fe6j5/outcast-second-contact-review-familiar-story-but-with-a-new-look https://www.gameskinny.com/fe6j5/outcast-second-contact-review-familiar-story-but-with-a-new-look Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:16:18 -0500 ESpalding

If you have been interested in gaming for as long as I have, you might be familiar with a game called Outcast. It was originally released in 1999 by Belgian developers Appeal. It was hugely popular and has since become a bit of a cult classic. The newly released Outcast - Second Contact is a remastered version of the game with updated graphics and gameplay to make it suitable for today's gaming tastes and console suitability.

The original game was a groundbreaker! It was innovative and was the first 3D open-world exploration game to be released. Upon release, it won hundreds of awards, including Adventure Game of the Year 1999 from GameSpot. There are a couple of sequels, but none lived up to the popularity of the first.

Anyway, you aren't here for a history lesson about the original game. You want to know what I think about the remake, right? Instead of playing it again on PC, I played it on the PS4 so that I could see how different it felt playing it on a modern console.

The Story Stays True

If you are already familiar with the game, then you're going to be familiar with the storyline. It hasn't changed (it is a remake, after all). If you're new to the game, however, you're going to find the storyline quite interesting.

Outcast - Second Contact is set in the near future and explores the possibilities of alternate universes. You play as a Navy SEAL called Cutter Slade, and along with a team of scientists, you are sent through a portal into a new world, Adelpha, to recover a probe previously sent through by the US government. As you explore your new surroundings, you come across the world's inhabitants and all manner of new flora and fauna.

You are the Ulukai, the foretold Messiah who the inhabitants think is going to save their world from war and persecution. In order to complete your own mission, you have to help the inhabitants of Adelpha with their problems. If they think you are helping them, they are more likely to help you.

A Total Facelift

It's clear that the main draw of this remaster is the work that has been done to improve the graphics. Everything now has so much more texture and depth than the original had. One of the main points of the game is to explore, and you really want to explore this new land. Close attention has been paid to giving everything a new life.

My only negative comments on the game's graphics are to do with the intro. While I can see that they're going for something a bit artistic -- and that is quite good -- I don't think it paid off. The characters are very still and very much like cardboard cutouts. It doesn't really gel with the original. I wanted to watch the whole introduction to get reacquainted with the story, but I wanted it to be over quite early on. Of course, this is personal taste, but given the rest of the game's graphics upgrades and the actual storyline, I think the introduction to it could have been a bit more ... substantial.

Playing on a Console Works

I didn't have any problems playing the game with a controller. The controls are crisp, and I had no problems moving around. There have been some movement features added to this new version, including the ability to sprint and crouch, which definitely make gameplay better. It's simple things like that which make the game more relevant to today's open-world fans, as they are features that one would expect from a game of this genre.

A Familiar Score

One of the more appealing features of the game is that the developers have used the same score as the original game. And when I say the "same score," I really mean it! It sounds like nothing has been done to it at all apart from making it a bit cleaner. But, you know what, that is OK. If it was reworked and new voices added, it wouldn't be the remaster fans would want.

Overall Verdict

I would say that this is what happens when remakes go right. For what the developers were hoping to do, it has been done extremely well. Sure, there are some things that are a bit rough around the edges or a couple of things which could have been done better, but it is a huge step up graphically from the original.

Will it please the die-hard fans of Outcast? Yes, I think it will. In this day and age, where the word "remake" has bad connotations, it is natural to have some reservations. But the developers have kept true to their previous work and have simply launched the franchise into modern gaming for an all-new generation of fans.

Outcast - Second Contact is out now on PS4, XBox One, and PC via Steam.

(A copy of Outcast - Second Contact was supplied for review purposes.)

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7 Inspirational Quotes From Game Developers https://www.gameskinny.com/0h8er/7-inspirational-quotes-from-game-developers https://www.gameskinny.com/0h8er/7-inspirational-quotes-from-game-developers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:07:51 -0500 Dpaige1991

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"It should be the experience, that is touching. What I strive for is to make the person playing the game the director."

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- Shigeru Miyamoto.

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Of course, ending with one of the most iconic developers in the gaming industry is appropriate. Shigeru Miyamoto is one of Nintendo's biggest developers and has worked on a lot of titles including: Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Nintendogs, and the biggest mascot in Nintendo history, Mario. An Inductee to BAFTA and #1 of The Top Ten Game Creators, he is also the first person to be inducted into the Academy of Arts and Science Hall of Fame. His latest project, is Super Mario Odessey. Considered to be the"Obi-Wan Kenobi of Gaming", Mr. Miyamoto.

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What other quotes do you believe should be on here? Post your comments below and thanks for reading.

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"The successful free to play games are selling positive emotions. Not content."

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- Nicholas Lovell

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As much as free to play games are a great way to save money, it’s all about the reactions from gamers. If you're wondering who Nicholas Lovell is, he is the founder of Gamebrief-- a blog for business in gaming. He is also an author for books on how to earn money in the gaming business. For example, The Curve is a book which is a guidebook that helps developers give away free stuff online and help build a connection between gamers and their company.

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"Lets optimize for player experience rather than what we think will make more money."

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- Ron Carmel

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In the gaming business, most video game developers want to make money with games. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, but they gloss over one thing: How is player experience with the game? Are they going to enjoy themselves or will their experience be negative?

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Ron Carmel is one of people behind the Indie Fund program. This program provides funding for independent developers and was created by independent developers to help more independent developers. He quit his job from EA Games to create 2D Boy with his friend, Kyle Gabler. He also developed World of Goo and Subterfuge.

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"You can make an amazing game, but you can't make a success. Your players make the success."

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- Irme Jele

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According to these words of wisdome from Irme Jele, no matter how unbelievable or how awesome your game is the only way your game will be a success is through how the gamers feel about the game. Irme Jele is a co-founder of Bossa Studios. Currently he is trying to bring his simulation game, Surgeon Simulator to mobile devices. He is also a member of the BAFTA Gamer Committee.

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"Nobody in this industry knows what they’re doing, we just have a gut assumption."

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- Cliff Bleszinski

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Cliff Bleszinski is a game designer and worked for the game development company, Epic Games. Yes, the same company behind the popular game engine, Unreal. He is best known for his game designer role in the Gears of Wars series. The first game he ever developed at the age 15 was The Palace of Deceit. It was programmed in Visual Basic and backed by more than five game publishers.

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"Golden rule of level design - Finish your first level last."

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- John Romero

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I would take this quote to heart--especially if you are going to be a level designer. John Romero is a designer, programmer, developer who has been credited with a lot of games like, Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and even Doom. He was even credited with inventing the FPS term, “DeathMatch” and is the co-founder of Id Software. The first game that he ever created was a replica of Crazy Climber, but was never published. In 2011, He was celebrated as the most influential person on Facebook and social media.

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"A lot of indie developers who became 'Overnight Successes' were working at it for ten years."

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- Dan Adelman

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For 10 years, Dan Adelman was the head honcho for digital content and development at Nintendo. Long story short, he was the top guy for discovering indie games and bringing them to the attention of gamers. He has discovered titles including: World of Goo, Cave Story, and the highly popular Super Meat Boy.

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After serving 10 years with Nintendo, he brought his talent to other titles: Axiom Verge, Chasm, and Mages of Mystralia. Of course, if there is any advice for how to get into the gaming business, this would be the guy to go to.

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Hardwork, dedication, and passion. If you want to earn your place in the gaming industry that is what it's going to take. If you need more inspiration and motivation for what you want to accomplish as an indie developer, then these quotes from prominent game developers are sure to get you motivated. 

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Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/koei-tecmo-announces-dynasty-warriors-9-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/koei-tecmo-announces-dynasty-warriors-9-release-date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Koei Tecmo America recently announced a Western release date for the upcoming open-world Dynasty Warriors 9. The game is set to launch February 13, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam and features a host of changes to the well-known musou mechanics from previous Dynasty Warriors games.

Dynasty Warriors 9 takes place during the tumultuous period of Chinese unification in the Han dynasty, when various factions vied for control as the empire seemed to crumble. And, according to Koei Tecmo, the game adheres faithfully to the historical narrative.

One of the major changes in DW9 is that it's now an open-world game, taking you to familiar locations like the Yellow River, across snowy peaks and fortified ruins, and numerous other locations. The story takes place across 10 chapters through which you advance in any order you desire, along with a myriad of missions to keep you occupied. These missions vary in type, including Critical and Regular missions, and the way you handle them often affects the how other missions play out.

In addition to the familiar "one-versus-one-thousand" battle format, Koei Tecmo has implemented new battle mechanics. There are three types of attacks, which deal progressively more damage when used in succession: Trigger, Flow, and Finish Attacks. Players will also find new strategic options available to them, including "attack head on," "infiltrate at night," and "launch a surprise attack."

Koei Tecmo plans on providing bonus costume content available to those who buy either the digital or physical version of DW9, centering around the seven fan-favorite characters Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, Zhao Yun, and Wang Yuanji. Zhao Yun gets a Beijing opera inspired outfit, where the other six receive special Chinese undergarments.

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Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for news and information on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it develops. 

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L.A. Noire Remastered: Truth, Doubt, or Lie https://www.gameskinny.com/4mbhg/la-noire-remastered-truth-doubt-or-lie https://www.gameskinny.com/4mbhg/la-noire-remastered-truth-doubt-or-lie Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:50:21 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

When L.A. Noire was first released, it was a breath of fresh air. The open-world genre wasn’t as saturated as it is today, so it was still unique to see such a story-heavy open-world game that was less about action and more about dialogue and choices. Despite the studio, Team Bondi, shutting down the year it was released, it seems that Rockstar Games still has some interest in the title and has decided to remaster the six-year-old game. Despite some minor hang ups, L.A. Noire still manages to capture the feeling of the classic 1940s detective films that inspired it.

You are Cole Phelps, a returning WW2 veteran who starts off as a standard cop and quickly moves up the ladder to a detective. There's a lot of corruption and murder happening in LA, and it's up to Cole to put a stop to it. Cole is a good cop; he's always trying to do the best to serve the law, has a strong sense of justice, and works to avoid becoming a crooked cop like some of his fellow LAPD coworkers. However, as the game progresses, Cole slowly learn that not everything is as black and white as he thinks it is. 

The writing in L.A. Noire is easily some of the best seen in any video game. Sure, you might see a character archetype or familiar plot line like something from an episode of Law and Order, but it's all told so well that they come off fresh. It's also an incredibly mature game, as it's not afraid to tackle themes of racism, sex, and morality that haven't been touched on in many games. It also does't back away from showing things such as frontal nudity of its dead victims. The game is bolstered by an impeccable cast of actors who can easily hold their own against any Emmy-nominated big-name players. Adding to the performances is the then-new facial-capture technology that was boasted of in numerous interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. It's still as impressive as it was then, even if some games have by this point surpassed it.

The gameplay of L.A. Noire is a mixture of action and mystery solving, with emphasis on the latter. 75% of your time will be spent looking for clues and interrogating witnesses and suspects, while the remaining 25% is spent partaking in gun fights and chases. The game is much more linear than other open-world games. You'll head to a crime scene, look around for any sort of evidence, and talk with primary sources. While the map is large, there's little to do aside from some random events that occur. The structure feels like something from a point-and-click adventure game, but the big thing that separates L.A. Noire from games of those cloth is its dialogue system.

During conversations, you'll have to see if someone is telling the truth or not. It's here where L.A. Noire is at its best. Thanks to the great facial-capture technology, it can be hard to really see if someone is telling the truth or lying. The better you are at judging them, the more likely the case will expand and become clearer. While you're never punished for guessing someone's motives incorrectly, you won't get to experience certain parts of the game. But even so, the game never feels like it's hiding away its tricks, and each case ends with a sense of accomplishment, which helps encourage you to go back and try it again on repeat playthroughs. 

Controlling Cole still feels a little sticky, and it would have been nice to play with a control scheme similar to that of GTA 5, but it still gets the job done. And while the gunplay isn't as frequent as in some of Rockstar's other games, it's still entertaining. Gun feedback is great, though you'll only get a standard pistol, and the only way to get new weapons is from off the ground, after you've downed an enemy. That being said, if combat is a bit cumbersome for you, there is an option that allows you to skip these sequences if you die enough times. Driving is also mixed bag. L.A. Noire has a more arcade-like feel than something like GTA 4 or 5, but the turning can feel too sluggish, especially in the high-action chase sequences. 

In terms of extras, L.A. Noire comes with the standard content expected from other remasters. You get all the game's DLC, including the various outfits and extra episodes, as well as a visual update. For the PS4 and Xbox One versions, the visuals have seen a substantial update. From improved texture details, new lighting, and support for 4K and HDR, LA Noire's updates are immediately noticeable. Colors have a much more vibrant look to them, and character models and animations have been slightly improved. While it's not the same level of GTA 5's update, it's still a great-looking game.

L.A. Noire is also available on the Nintendo Switch, though it's not as big of an update as compared to Sony's and Microsoft's outings. It's more of a cleaner version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, running at 1080p docked and 720p in portable mode. While L.A. Noire isn't the type of game to play on the go, with its focus more on story, it's still a nice option to play anywhere you go. The touchscreen controls are also a nice inclusion, as you can twist and turn each of the various clues and objects on the touch screen (this can also be done with the PS4 touch pad), and choosing your dialogue options via the touchscreen is also a nice option.

The motion controls ... are there, but you're better off just sticking with a controller. The Joy Cons or Pro Controller aren't quite as responsive as the PS4 or Xbox One controllers, with the ZL and ZR buttons not functioning as well as the triggers found on the the other two, which can make driving more of a pain on the Switch. Finally, there are far more sections in the Switch version that suffer from frame rate drops than in the other versions. They're incredibly noticeable and seem to happen randomly.

That being said, there are still some minor blushes regardless of which version you decide to get. Despite improvements to textures, you'll still get some blurry images when looking at things close up. You'll also notice short draw distances, with the game world constantly loading buildings as you get closer up on them, especially on the Switch version. And there are some anti-aliasing issues throughout.

The audio is especiallty pleasing, with music that constantly evokes feelings of nostalgia if you've listened to the film noir soundtracks of the 40's and 50's. The score, by composers Andrew and Simon Hales, is top-notch and is some of the more underrated music you'll hear in gaming. Along with this is the inclusion of dozens of licensed songs from the era that helps lend some more authenticity to the world. Bottom line, L.A. Noire may be old, but there's been enough TLC put into the remasters of the game to help make it feel more like a living place than it was on last-gen hardware.

L.A. Noire is still a one-of-a-kind experience that's still worth playing even six years on. While some more additions and changes would have been nice, there's still nothing quite like living out the dream of being a detective in the late 40s. For only $40 on PS4 and Xbox One ($10 extra on Switch), it's a nice deal. Hopefully some day (after Red Dead Redemption 2), we'll get to return to Rockstar's version of 1940's Los Angeles with a sequel for current-gen systems.

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Bungie Gives First Look at Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/ispb7/bungie-gives-first-look-at-destiny-2s-curse-of-osiris-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/ispb7/bungie-gives-first-look-at-destiny-2s-curse-of-osiris-dlc Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:07:19 -0500 Joe Garcia

Today, Bungie unveiled via Twitch new information regarding Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris, which is set to release on December 5. The stream showcased Mercury, The Lighthouse from the original Destiny, Brother Vance, and much more. 

Unlike in the original Destiny, the sequel's Mercury will be a fully-explorable area similar to Earth, Titan, and Io. Here, players will also be able to explore another new area called The Infinite Forest, a Vex simulation that takes players through Mecury's timeline, showing different versions of the planet through the eons depending on the mission in which Guardians are currently participating. 

Mercury will also host another Vex-like structure that represents the 12 new quests Guardians will be able to go on in order to "forge" new weapons. Once players complete the DLCs campaign quest line, they will be able to forge weapons with specific Vex enhancements -- although those were not covered in detail by the live stream. 

In addition to new lost sectors, adventures, and public events, Heroic Strike Playlists will return with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Guardians will see both base level and light level increases -- 25 base level, 330 power level, respectively. 

The current Leviathan raid will receive a content upgrade from the DLC in the form of the Raid Lair. While this content isn't an entirely new Destiny 2 raid, this "mini raid" will give Guardians new gear, have new bosses, explore new mechanics, and support new guided game content. For those still playing the Leviathan Raid, that end-game content will see a level increase, stronger encounter, and higher-level gear drops. 

Although we don't know much about Osiris yet, we do know he and his ghost, Sagira, will feature prominently in the new DLC as evidenced from the stream's opening cinematic.

Curse of Osiris will be released on December 5. Bungie will have two more reveal streams on November 22 and November 29 on Twitch at 11 a.m. PST.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC as it develops. 

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How to Unlock and Use the V2 Rocket in CoD: WW2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s0n5m/how-to-unlock-and-use-the-v2-rocket-in-cod-ww2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s0n5m/how-to-unlock-and-use-the-v2-rocket-in-cod-ww2 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:13:16 -0500 Brandon Janeway

It's another year and, so, there's another Call of Duty game, with this year's title being the highly anticipated Call of Duty: WWII. This title has brought back an all time Call of Duty favorite scorestreak, the nuke. This time around, it's the V2 Rocket, only it's not the type of nuke you might be familiar with from previous entries.

What Are Scorestreaks and Nukes?

A scorestreak in CoD games rewards players with special items for earning an unbroken stream of points, either for completing objectives or wracking up kills. Nukes are a type of scorestreak reward, and in previous entries, they would immediately end a multiplayer match.

The V2 Rocket

The V2 Rocket is a special Call of Duty multiplayer function that allows players to call down a bomb and kill any player that is not under some form of cover. This special ability is only available in ranked online multiplayer matches, so you won't be able to access it in private matches.

It's not the same powerhouse seen in earlier games, but still has the potential to change the course of the match. This nuke no longer ends the game, but will give you enough points to tip the balance in your favor.

How to Unlock

If you want to access the V2 Rocket, you're going to have to do a couple of things.

Prestige

First, you need to prestige in all 5 divisions of the game: Infantry, Armored, Airborne, Mountain, and Expeditionary. This will take some time to achieve, so don't expect to have this ability as soon as you play the game, and plan on grinding a fair amount. 

The divisions are the class system for COD: WWII, and you can prestige each by playing them repeatedly in multiplayer. Completing objectives is the easiest way to earn XP, but certain modes, like Domination and Hardpoint, where you earn steady streams of XP for defending certain points, or Deathmatch, which gives you extra XP for the number of kills you make.Each of the divisions has their own unique loadout combinations, so you'll have to adjust to different play styles.

Unlike other scorestreaks, you don't need to equip the V2 Rocket to a loadout to use it. It is automatically given to you as a scorestreak once you achieve  prestige in all 5 divisions. 

Killstreaks

Once you have unlocked the V2 rocket, the next challenge is using it. You must obtain a 25 player killstreak of 25. If you're not aware what a killstreak it is, it's essentially the number of kills you have achieved in succession without dying (and you start from 0 if you do die). The 25 player killstreak must obtained without using another score streak, so you need to avoid using any other scorestreaks you unlock while in a match. After the 25th kill, a message will appear on the screen that the V2 Rocket is unlocked, and it will tell you what button to press to use it. 

How to Use

When you use the V2 Rocket, you'll need to consider the situation, including the state of the match. You  want to use it when you know enemies are not under or near cover for it to be effective. This also means it is not the most useful in areas that have a lot of cover and inside areas, so you should weigh the risk of obtaining the rocket versus your other scorestreaks that might be more effective more often. 

One method would be to use teamwork, creating distractions or luring as many opponents out from cover as possible before launching the V2 and securing victory. Consider too whether it's better to use  sooner or later, since it no longer ends the match automatically. For example, if you turn the tables too soon, it can mean you've used the best weapon available and still have the chance to lose later on.

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Not many people have used the nuke yet, given how long it takes to unlock it, so how it affects the multiplayer scene and what strategies players developer around it remain to be seen.

Let us know in the comments if you've used the V2 Rocket already or if you think it's worth it, and be sure to check out our other Call of Duty: WWII guides!

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