Best Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Best RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 5 Modern Metroidvania Games https://www.gameskinny.com/7ww8h/top-5-modern-metroidvania-games https://www.gameskinny.com/7ww8h/top-5-modern-metroidvania-games Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:43:28 -0500 Will Dowell

The metroidvania genre provides a sense of exploration and growth. Whether  it be exploring an alien world or the land of the dead, these games create wonder and excitement in their worlds. While not the most popular, the metroidvania genre has been a consistent driving force in how video games are designed.

Originally, these games increased their length by keeping players lost. Now however, metroidvanias have to create worlds that can be explored without overwhelming the player. The originators of this genre, Metroid and Castlevania are close to dead, but new games have risen to take their place. Here are the Top 5 Modern Metroidvania Games.

Number 5: Cave Story

Considered a hallmark of indie games, Cave Story is a shining example of what one man can create. Explore the land of the Mimigas, a cute race of bunny-like creatures as they war with a mad scientist. Engage in challenging combat with each weapon providing a different tool.  Cave Story clearly takes  inspiration from Metroid through the use of musical cues and the 8-bit pixel art.

Sadly, this inspiration is only skin deep as Cave Story is extremely linear. The only time Cave Story does not directly guide you is with its true ending, but that challenge is incredibly obtuse and frustrating. It not only requires external information, but is a grueling gauntlet that will cause most players to simply put down the controller. Even with these major issues, Cave Story should be experienced by any fan of indie games or metroidvanias.

Number 4: Strider 

Jumping straight into 4th place is Strider. Explore Kazakh City as you attempt to assassinate Grand Master Meio. With a teleport dash and double jump, traversal is fast and fluid. Combat itself is intense and fast paced, with Strider Hiryu flipping across the battlefield, causing mayhem and carnage. Multiple upgrades allows this dance of death to increase in intensity with explosive kunai to deflecting bullets with a sword swing.

The reason this adrenaline fueled adventure is only number 4 is its linearity. Strider will lead you room to room with only a few moments letting you run wild. While this allows the game to focus on a tight pace that grips the player from start to finish, it limits the ability of the player to truly get lost in the world. If you want an action-fueled adventure, get Strider

Number 3: Guacamelee!

Guacamelee is easily the most unique entry on this list. Set in a humorous Mexican-themed world, Guacamelee takes you on a daring quest to save the President's daughter. Along the way, you will travel through bustling towns, giant mountains, and even the Land of the Dead. To best your foes in combat, Guacamelee provides a satisfying beat-em-up fighting style rife with combos, throws, and special moves. These special moves also serve as the main upgrades used to unlock the world. This allows the world to create challenging obstacles that will require the player to master its mechanics.  Guacamelee turns the standard combat of most beat-em-ups and turns it into something unique.

Guacamelee also combines video game humor with a Mexican theme which creates some of the most entertaining parodies out there. Metroid in particular, is referenced through the use of Choozoo statues and Metroid sculptures. This may date the game but is enjoyable none the less. The only drawback is the linearity. While it is more open than Strider or Cave Story, Guacamelee leads the player through a predetermined path, leaving exploration for only hidden goodies and upgrades. Even so, it is still one of the most entertaining games on the market.

Number 2: Salt and Sanctuary

One of the more recent metroidvanias on the market, Salt and Sanctuary pays homage to both Castlevania and Dark Souls with its gloomy atmosphere and brutal combat. Explore a dark world filled with danger and traps in attempt to save a princess. The story may be cliché, but the world building more than makes up for it. Combat is weighty and punishing, yet never feels unfair as every enemy attack is telegraphed and can be countered. Backtracking is also kept to a minimum with its levels looping onto themselves.

Salt and Sanctuary nails the sense of growth that makes metroidvanias so satisfying, but its exploration can feel obtuse and limited. This is due to the lack of a functioning map or other tool that can be used to track your progression throughout the world. While Dark Souls was able get away without a map feature, Salt and Sanctuary does not have any major landmarks to create a sense of direction. Even with this blemish, Salt and Sanctuary is one of the best metroidvanias ever made.

Number 1: Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is by far, one of the best metroidvanias ever made. It nails everything; from exploration to the sense of growth. Exploration in particular, is one of the most satisfying experiences as every upgrade provides a creative twist in traversal. The teleport for example, can give you an extra jump or allow you to pass through walls. Combat truly shows your power as a character, with almost every weapon being useful and appealing. While the exterior makes it feel like a Metroid clone, Axiom Verge provides a unique experience that exceeds many games in the Metroid series.

Axiom Verge's world design shows how to give the player a sense of exploration while not overwhelming the player with too many options. Every zone provides areas of no return, that gate off the world into smaller, more manageable, sections. With this and a fully functioning map, it is only a matter of time before the player finds the next upgrade. This perfectly balances the need of tight structured challenges and the need to provide a sense of wonder. Axiom Verge is a shining example of how a metroidvania should be done. If you can only buy one game from this list, buy Axiom Verge. It is worth every penny.

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The future of metroidvanias as a game genre looks increasingly bright. These games show that the market still love to explore and experience. Upcoming titles such as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Chasm provide excitement for fans of the genre. While the future of the Metroid and Castlevania series look grim, the legacy they created will live on in these titles.

What do you consider the best metroidvania? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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11 Rocket League Plays That Will Make Your Day https://www.gameskinny.com/v7h93/11-rocket-league-plays-that-will-make-your-day https://www.gameskinny.com/v7h93/11-rocket-league-plays-that-will-make-your-day Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 Caio Sampaio

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Last but not least, comes a YouTuber from my native land, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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He goes by the user name “Rato Borrachudo” and attempted to play through the night while live streaming.

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When the exhaustion of playing games for several hours kicked in, he fell asleep during a match of Rocket League.

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Despite the notorious disadvantage of not being awake, he still managed to score a point. Insta win!

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Conclusion:
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A good match of Rocket League is an intense experience, but that does not mean it cannot contain some humor.

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In a game featuring as many variables, unexpected events can occur and when they do, it is time to sit back and take a good laugh.

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This list featured an unconscious player scoring a goal and some moves that make us wonder if they were based on skill or luck, but this is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the experiences Rocket League can produce.

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Invite your friends for few rounds and be sure to have a good time.

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Scoring a goal in Rocket League can be difficult and matches can sometimes end in a 0X0 tie.

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Some players; however, manage to score a point with ease, by touching the ball only once.

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Watch the video above to discover how.

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Another instance of "death from above" and another case in which it is hard to judge whether skills or pure luck were the decisive factor.

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Regardless, there is one thing we know for sure: this is not the type of move you get to see every day.

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Cars can have many uses in Rocket League and as players explore the possibilities of the game, new utilities appear.

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This is the case in this video, in which a player uses his car as a pedestal to place the ball onto. He waits for another player to hit it and score the goal.

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In order to score a goal, you must put the ball inside the designated area.

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Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

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Some players; however, opt for a more drastic approach and throw one of the opponents into the goal as well.

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Watching novice players attempting to tackle the game can be cringey for experienced players, but in this case, it turned out to be funny.

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Watch as several players fail miserably in scoring the simplest of the goals, until someone finally lands the winning shot.

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In a game as intense, and often times as chaotic, as Rocket League, many elements can come into play, but some of them can catch the players completely off-guard.

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This is the case when mother nature decides to make an appearance and throw a wind whirl of changes onto the field. 

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Scoring an epic goal does not mean much if do not celebrate accordingly.

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Surprise yourself with an incredible score and wait for the celebration... 

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The physics of Rocket League allows players to get creative in their strategies, but sometimes they need to improvise as they go.

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Watch as this dynamic duo creates a form of cooperation that you probably haven’t seen yet.

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The move of their lives.

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Another one that fits into the "luck or skill" category.

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This player turned his car into a torpedo and delivered "death from above" to the opposing team.

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He also made sure to add a soundtrack to the video that makes sure everyone understands how epic his move was. 

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We start the list with a move that may divide our audience. Was it pure luck or was it planned? Or perhaps a combination of both?

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It is up to you to decide. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Someone in the video game industry was audacious enough to wonder what would happen if racecars and soccer were combined into one thing. The result was Rocket League.

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Featuring an innovative concept, this game allows players to be creative in their tactics, but sometimes things do not go according to their plans and the outcome can be hilarious.

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With that in mind, we have compiled a list of 11 plays from Rocket League that will brighten up your day.

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5 Worst and 5 Best Equipment Unlocks in Hitman https://www.gameskinny.com/55hqw/5-worst-and-5-best-equipment-unlocks-in-hitman https://www.gameskinny.com/55hqw/5-worst-and-5-best-equipment-unlocks-in-hitman Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:00:02 -0500 StraightEdge434

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5 Best Unlocks

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1. TAC-4 S/A Assault Rifle
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The rifle is a thing of beauty. Accurate, ridiculously powerful, silenced, and has about 40 rounds total.

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First off, it's semi automatic, so you can place your shots and pick targets off one by one. Second, it's very strong. At close range, one shot to any part of the body and target is dead (medium and long distances I believe require two shots to the body, but all three distances only need one to the head). Next, it's silenced, so when you walk into a room, and clear it of all targets, people in the other room won't know what happened. And finally, it's accuracy is extremely good. I can snipe enemies a decent distance away. It's no sniper rifle, but it's a very accurate weapon!

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What do you think are some of the best and worst unlocks in the game. Do you think that the Sedative Poison Vial is better than the Lethal Poison Vial (though, I have no idea why you would think that...)? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

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5 Best Unlocks

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2. Sieger 300 Sniper Rifle
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In my opinion, the best sniper rifle in the game. Three levels of zoom (so you don't miss), silencer (because that's all what being an assassin is about), and unique design.

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The Jaeger 7 and Jaeger 7 Tiger are decent sniper rifles, but don't have a zoom, so they are completely useless against targets that are very far away. The Jaeger 7 Lancer has two levels of zoom, but no silencer. No silencer? Why bother? Unless you want to get caught!

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This trusty weapon takes care of both problems, providing you with everything you need to stay silent and pick a target off from any distance!

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5 Best Unlocks

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3. Lethal Poison Vial
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Unlike the Sedative Poison vial, this one actually does the job.

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Instead of knocking the target out, and causing a commotion, and worsening the situation, this vial just kills the target (of course you need to poison the food or drink first).

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That's all there is to it. Just a more effective and better version of the Sedative Poison vial.

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5 Best Unlocks

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4. Remote Explosive Duck
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Basically, a remote explosive device in a form of a red rubber duck! Unlike actual remote explosives that will immediately raise suspicion when seen, these will make your targets go, "Huh?" Obviously, the element of surprise is there for your advantage.

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Chuck one where you need to, the curious victim will investigate the shiny red toy, only to be blown to pieces when you press the button!

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(Also, very useful in speed runs if those are your thing.)

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Now we move onto the 5 best unlocks, these are the tools of the hitman trade which make your assassinations easier.

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5 Best Unlocks

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5. Shurikens
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Whenever you start a mission, or pick these bad boys up from an agency pick-up, you get a total of three. You can then throw them at various targets, killing them instantly. Best part, you can then pick them back up!

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They can also be used as distractions. Throw one near a guard, he will investigate the noise, then use the second one for an easy kill! Oh, and don't forget to pick them up!

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5 Worst Unlocks

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1. Sedative Poison Vial
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In my opinion, this is the absolute worst unlock in Hitman. All it does is make things worse for you.

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What does it do? Basically, you can "poison" the target's food or drink with this vial. When they consume the food or drink, they get knocked out...They fall to the floor, unconscious. But, here's the problem. They will consume their food in a public area, people will freak out, security will storm and huddle over the knocked out body, and will eventually bring them back to life. Oh, and everyone will then be on high alert!

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I absolutely see no redeeming qualities in this piece of junk! All it does is makes things much worse for you, and fails to do the most important job, like oh, I don't know...kill the target!?

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5 Worst Unlocks

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2. Remote Breaching Charge
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The sole purpose of this equipment is to blow through cracked walls. But here's the thing...there are no cracked walls, except for Sapienza. So, why bother even using this thing? It's completely useless on any other level, and serves little purpose.

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I don't know what else to say, except for: Use it on Sapienza, and nowhere else!

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5 Worst Unlocks

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3. Nna Obara's Machete
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In case you didn't know, when you are carrying a sword in the game, you can't hide it, you can't put it away, and you need to wear the appropriate disguise in order to not become suspicious. 

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But, let's be honest here. When you attack a target with a sword, you're not exactly all "silent" and "covert." So, what is the point of this unlock exactly? To run around the mission area, slicing everyone you see like Jason?

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I'm sorry to say this, but if you're playing Hitman, there is absolutely no point to this weapon. It's RIGHT THERE for everyone to see, and I'd personally be better off with a knife (at least you can hide a knife...).

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5 Worst Unlocks

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4. TAC-SMG Covert
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This is a fully automatic smg, with decent accuracy. However, the gun falls short with its horrible range and very small ammo count. 

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When I first unlocked the weapon, I tried it out on a target at distance. It took about five shots to the head before the target died (technically, all weapons should be one shot, but video game logic...). Add this up with the very low ammo count, and the gun is practically useless against multiple targets at medium or long range. 

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It's a damn shame too, because you need to complete 10 Escalation Missions to unlock this thing. Unfortunately, it's just not worth it...

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5 Worst Unlocks

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5. Krugermeier 2-2 
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From a personal point of view, this gun is absolutely awful. Yes, it looks extremely pretty, but its attractiveness will not help you during assassinations. It's very weak, taking about four to five shots just to kill someone at medium range, only has 20 bullets, and has awful accuracy.

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This gun is meant for close encounters, which would explain why it's horrible at a distance. Its suppressor is very silent, meaning you can fire the gun next to someone, and they won't hear it. So in reality, its only purpose is for headshots, and disabling security cameras (but I can use any other gun for that...). Other than that, it's pointless.

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Hitman has a lot of unlockables. From weapons and all the way to gear, this game gives you everything you need to succeed in your assassinations.

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After unlocking all possible weapons and gear, I have tried them all in the field. I compared and analyzed them in the same situations, and judged which ones were better to use to kill my targets.

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Some were absolutely phenomenal, because my assassinations were very easy thanks to their help. Others, not so much... in fact, some unlocks made it more difficult to assassinate well.

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I have compiled a list of the five worst and then five best unlocks after giving them all a fair try.

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Best Fantasy RPGs You've Never Heard of But Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Captain Booya

The theme of Fantasy and the RPG genre have gone together like bread and butter since tabletop games--before it even became a gradually growing niche in video gaming. There's a seemingly timeless appeal to adventuring beyond the real world's boundaries, putting on your robe and wizard hat, and swinging that huge Buster Sword at anyone who dares provoke your wrath.

Though the other ingredient of a grand fantasy RPG is not only the setting, for avid gamers like myself, but the core mechanics--how it plays, and whether that makes the overall experience fun and engaging over a reasonable period of time. The key to nailing it in this department, is to give the player a multitude of viable choices and customization; whether it be combat, gear, classes, stats allocation, group setups, or freedom to choose where and what you do, as famously delivered in The Elder Scrolls series.

With that point in mind, below is an informed list of a few titles that have successfully built and improved on the formula for an intriguing RPG, whilst making it their own--Though perhaps hasn't gone recognised for that feat in the way The Witcher 3 has.

1. BattleHeart (iOS, Android)

Occasionally, there's a mobile game that is simply fun, innovative, and honestly good enough to be on any platform. BattleHeart ticks those boxes. While it does lack a story outside of the generic 'fight back against the dark forces' and the setting is the archetypal swords and wizards, it oozes personality with just its colorful 2D art style and soundtrack.

It plays like an RTS of sorts, in which the touch-screen controls aid the flow, but if it truly was of that genre, I'd have no business mentioning it here as an RPG. The big difference here, and also what makes it a unique RPG experience, is that you're 'limited' to commanding a party of 4 characters, from a gradual choice of 10 or so which you can recruit at your leisure, swap in/out, manage equipment, and level up. These characters generally fit into the roles of Tank, Melee, Ranged, or Support; all are interesting and have their quirks.

 

Eduardo the bard appears to be a cheeky nod to FF4's Edward.

Each stage presents you the simple goal of holding off the waves of monsters with your preformed team, in real-time. You have full control over all 4 characters, commanding them to move there, attack that guy, and most importantly using each character's several cooldown abilities, which are unlocked gradually as they level up between stages.

Battleheart has since had a spiritual sequel, Battleheart Legacy, which took many familiar tropes and abilities from this first game and made it into an incredibly solid single-character RPG.

Why it's awesome:

BattleHeart. They named their game perfectly. It's all about the battles. After a bit of a warm-up and recruiting a full party, these stages start to demand your full attention. There are not many times you will simply sit and watch your team and the enemies auto-attack each other.

It's not just a game of blasting through all your cooldown abilities ASAP to do more damage but using them thoughtfully in a way that keeps you afloat on the tide of battle. Characters can't take hits forever, and even a tank will need backup heals or buffs to survive.

It all feels very tightly-knit, in a way that makes classes, gear, ability usage and your personal micro-management all matter; And that is a sin in many RPGs and MMORPGs--that you're often given the choice of so many complexities that ultimately don't matter because the game is too easy to consider them. Which leads me to: 

2. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) 

Another strong RPG that makes your choices of combat preparation matter. It's not the lowest-profile game on this list, but this party-centric RPG by Capcom seems to have remained a sleeper hit--perhaps a side-effect of Skyrim hype dominating the fantasy world through 2012 when the game was originally released.

At the time it was given only average reviews, with too much emphasis given to what it lacks, and nowhere near the recognition it deserved for its ambition to try something new, and for what still makes it stand out to this present day.

The basic gist is you create a character. (And my, the options available there are a doozy. Want your legendary hero to be a fat, black dwarf with blue hair? Your wish is granted!) You then also create your lifelong 'Pawn' companion in the same creation screen, who will always be one of the 3 AI Pawns that will follow and battle alongside you throughout the adventure.

After some intro, you are placed in the home village and tasked with seeking out and killing a huge Dragon that stole your heart. But not in the romantic way, as this isn't an eastern visual novel.

Of course, the objective to go murder the tower-size dragon is only an overarching, long-term goal, with main quests leading up to the inevitable stand-off. For starters, you'll just be choosing a class for yourself, and later for your 'Main Pawn' too. So begins the quest, where you'll chat to NPCs for tasks, recruit other player's pawns (If you're online) to fit your party's needs, find and combine items, and slay a heck of a lot of monsters, big and small, as you explore caves and the countryside.

Why it's awesome:

The combat style and party dynamic make this game stand out a mile from other open-world RPGs. First off, it's all real-time, complete with opportunities to dodge, block, or cause enemies to stagger due to high damage. Secondly, the ability to literally climb all over large enemies. Nope, it's not a scripted quick-time event, and yes, there are tactical reasons to do this, depending on the enemy. The Strider class, in particular, is most adept at climbing, which, for example, allows him to quickly scale a Cyclops and play one-eyeball-fillet on its face.

He's upset and it's not even happening yet.

The use of elemental attacks can also make a huge difference in your encounters, which are mostly delivered by Mages or Sorcerers. The class you choose to play for yourself and your main pawn affects what you'll desire from the other two you'll recruit--and your criteria will change as you learn more about your enemies, progress to new foes, or change your own class.

Initially, your choice is only 3 classes, or 'Vocations'. But once you hit the big city, Advanced Vocations are available to buy with the Discipline points you earn from killing stuff - Over time, you can switch between, and rank up, all of these classes on your character, and your AI companion, too. This system continues to keep you intrigued for quite some time, and there are benefits too, because you can equip traits earned from ranking up one class to help buff up your build for another.

This might sound like too much depth, but it's all unlocked gradually so as not to be a bombardment to the brain. Half of the fun is discovering what nifty moves each vocation has as you rank them up, and as you pick and choose which abilities to equip before you head out for another outing.

 

The nature of the vocations also feel less stereotypical for an RPG, too - familiar concepts, (Mages, Rangers, Knights) yet they feel fresh, due to the way Capcom has presented the combat. For example, I personally tend to avoid ranger-types like the plague because it can often be the simple 'pew pew endless arrow spam' experience. When I first fired up this magical game, however, I was intrigued by the Strider vocation, who can not only wield a Shortbow, but employ ninja-like skills with dual daggers, double jumps and dodge rolls.

All of this, wrapped in a world full of dark fantasy creatures like Chimera, Lichs, and Cockatrices. Speaking of dark, Dragon's Dogma also boasts a great atmosphere through it's environmental lightning--And the fact that not keeping your character's lantern alight results in darkness that actually hinders your visionI have yet to experience a lantern-lit trek in a dark forest the way I did with this game, squinting at the shadows of Hobgoblins just beyond the reach of the light.

 

Rounding off an already excellent package was the re-released version, Dark Arisen, which adds many hours of end-game-oriented challenge, and new beasts to conquer. Given the fact it took 3 years for this to come to PC, it really says something about a lack of these kinds of games, in that it still doesn't feel at all dated now.

3. Valdis Story: Abyssal City (Steam)

In a nutshell, a 2D Metroidvania-inspired platforming ARPG, albeit with a title that appears to just be words with a colon between them. But how much hides under that nonsensical title?

You take control of Wyatt, a gruff, sword-wielding half-demon guy. The game takes place in a strange underwater city, with various zones, which holds some significance in the ongoing war between Angels and Demons. But there are people living there too, which is awfully convenient when it comes to your gear shops and upgrades. 

Why it's awesome:

This is a lovingly crafted indie game. The art style has some anime influence but is unique in its own right. The music is also a salve to the ears, from melancholy exploration tracks to hyped-up boss themes, it always fits the pace and mood of the game.

The gameplay itself is smoothly controlled, platforming and exploration are satisfying. Combat is challenging and varied. Bosses, in particular, are a crazy time, and may well have you retrying several times--But you won't mind, because the fights themselves are a lot of fun, and backed by that awesome soundtrack.

There is plenty of choice in play style as you progress to find weapons and armor in typical Metroidvania style. Leveling up is also more than just a buff to your Health bar--you earn an ability point to spend on one of three skill trees each time. This will quite drastically change what your trump cards are in a fight.

I felt the screenshots didn't do it justice.

Besides that, you also gain access to a whole batch of different elemental magic attacks which you can map to up/down/left/right + a button. These range from offensive combo-aids, to ranged attacks, shields, and one or two utilities to help you reach new areas. Learning to combine these with sword attacks, blocking and dodging, keeps your enemy encounters interesting.

Catering to players who want to master the combat was definitely in the developer's interest, as there are around 5 difficulties to choose, ranging from cake-walk to what the game dubs 'God Slayer' which, given the fast-paced boss combat, most likely gives Dark Souls a run for its money.

Finally, there's some great replay value upon completion, as this unlocks 3 more characters to start up a new game with, and a boss survival arena mode. Though there is some slight crossovers in spells, each character possesses unique attacks and play styles to keep things fresh. A thoroughly packed and polished indie title, that stands up there with the games that inspired it.

4. One Way Heroics (Steam)

 A cute little indie turn-based Roguelike that goes on sale for about $2. The clever naming comes from the fact you spend the entire game moving to the right so that the all-consuming 'darkness' on the left of the screen doesn't kill you. In each new game, you choose a class and some stat traits to shape your journey. You unlock more choices here as you achieve milestones in the game. The idea is simply: Keep going until you can defeat the recurring appearance of the Demon King. Along the way, fighting and grabbing gear and items--Or, at least as much as the ever-chasing darkness allows.

There's a slither of a silver lining in the perma-death mechanic though, as the game lets you shove your more valuable items into a storage box upon death, to be retrieved at the start of a later playthrough.

Why it's awesome:

It has that great retro JRPG feel to it, and manages to keep a light and funny atmosphere despite the dire circumstances in this world. NPC dialogue is used both to educate with hints, and also for humor and goofy antics. I can turn this game on just to enjoy the music, which really sets the pace of it all, and I daresay it hits Final Fantasy levels of catchy.

Final Thoughts

It is my sincere hope that you friendly readers made at least one discovery, reading through this list today. The amount of hours I sunk into each game varies, but all left a positive impression and gave me new insights into what makes a great RPG, if not a great game, period.

If this shortlist has left you with burning suggestions of other fantasy RPGs I missed, let us know in the comments!

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6 Great Video Game YouTubers Who are More than Just Reviewers https://www.gameskinny.com/0rqlm/6-great-video-game-youtubers-who-are-more-than-just-reviewers https://www.gameskinny.com/0rqlm/6-great-video-game-youtubers-who-are-more-than-just-reviewers Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:30:20 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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Video Game Fun Time

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(This particular show is a little bit extra NSFW.)

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Of all the channels on this list, without a doubt, Video Game Fun Time is the absolute hardest to describe or explain why it's good. But I'll try my best.

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Video Game Fun Time is, in the simplest of terms, a parody of amateur video game reviews on the Internet. The acting and voice-work is typically terrible, bad jokes and bad takes are left in on purpose as if they were always meant to be there, it is occasionally actually filmed using a VHS camera -- the list of amazing garbage details just goes on and on.

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The show even contains original musical tracks and riffs from the creators of the show, most of which are simply slipped into the normal episode as yet another juicy background detail. If you end up liking what you hear, you can actually check out their Soundcloud.

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In general this show feels like a genuine effort to make a Video Game review show that was taken by two guys who don't even like Video Games that much. And that is a riot.

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I would say that the first episode is the weakest, and that the episodes which come after it only get better and better, but it's still worth your time to watch the first episode. 

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If I had to pick a favorite episode... I couldn't. But since I have to, I'd say that the third episode "The McDonald's Massacre" showcases a lot of the best that the show has to offer.

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Honestly, the fact that the first episode is the worst may have been yet another intentional action taken in order to make the show look more like a real amateur's first time. If that is indeed the case, then bravo gents. Bra-vo.

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Basically, here's the skinny (the GameSkinny hehehe I'm not sorry). If you sit through the one-minute-long first episode and you laugh even once, and if you aren't easily upset by immature humor or cursing, you should keep watching Video Game Fun Time and never look back.

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Well that was my list. I hope you all enjoyed it, and don't forget to check out this other article that lists some more great Gaming YouTubers. Have any other interesting, unique or obscure YouTubers you'd like to mention? Comment below and let us know! We'd love to hear about some more underappreciated talent -- and who knows, we may do another one of these lists!  

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Balrog

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Sometimes you're just in the mood for something simple. Perhaps a little sentimental. Something safe you could show to your grandma and not be nervous (for once).

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That is where Balrog comes in.

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Balrog is, in both personality and subject matter, completely clean in all of his videos. Now his streams or social media aren't clean, but his regular videos? You're all good. It's cool.

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Balrog's stuff is pretty much all reviews, aside from his aforementioned streams, but they have a distinct style. He reviews the good and the bad, and has brought exposure to a few lesser-known titles that deserved a bit more attention throughout his time on the interwebs (*cough* Mibibli's Quest *cough*).

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He is the closest on this list to being a typical YouTube game reviewer, but it would still be unfair to call him average. His critiques take every aspect of a game into account that they can, and he is both thorough and unbiased.

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If you wanna see him being REALLY unbiased then you should watch his video on A Boy and His Blob.

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Plus, as previously mentioned, he is completely clean and almost all of his videos are safe for work -- barring one or two rare exceptions (*cough cough* Mibibli's Quest *cough*). The little cursing there is gets spread out and bleeped out completely, and most of the games he discusses never have an ESRB rating higher than E10+.

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He has a distinct style, a great sense of self-deprecating humor, and he picks topics he is passionate about every time.

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Check him out why don'tcha? 

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Dex The Swede

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If I had to pick just one word to describe Dex the Swede, that word would be silly. This man, and his show, are very, very silly.

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Dex The Swede (whose real name is Simon) is like a lot of typical review shows on the Internet, but with a few major differences. One being that Dex is mostly clean, with only a few obscenities and curse words here and there. But the biggest difference is the cartoonish antics that Dex puts himself through.

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It's as if he's trying his very best to actually turn into a cartoon character. While the review and analysis part of the show is entertaining in itself, where it really shines is in the constant physical comedy that comes with it.

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Dex moves around with an almost rubber hose-like strut, and he tosses and tumbles himself around to all sorts of different (and typically unfitting) cartoon sound effects, some of which I'm not sure I've heard anywhere else before or since.

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Dex doesn't upload very often, but no two videos ever feel alike, despite all of them carrying his very distinct bouncy style of presentation. For example, in his "Ruff Retro" video on Bubble Bobble, he manages to give a full review of the game while also acting staggeringly drunk.

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He's the kind of guy you watch more for laughs than anything else, but everything here is good. Load up any one of his videos and I guarantee you'll be smiling by the end if nothing else.  

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On a side note, he's also a pretty good singer. Watch his Shrek (Xbox) video if you want to see for yourself.

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Jordan Underneath

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Jordan Underneath fills a niche in Video Game entertainment that had existed for years. While it is a show that is mostly made for entertainment that can be very funny and very joyous, it is a show that is very often steeped in sadness.

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Jordan, the channel's titular host, covers pretty much whatever he wants to talk about -- which includes books and movies, but it mostly consists of video games, and most of them Horror games.

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Jordan's favorite topics tend to be atmosphere, world-building, and good writing over gameplay, although he does still touch on gameplay like a typical reviewer. But what really separates Jordan from most other YouTubers is his show's deep basis in human nature.

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Jordan Underneath is a show that is not afraid of emotions or anxieties or human flaws. It is a show that celebrates them, treats them as natural, and attempts in some fashion to start a dialogue about the stigmas of mental disorders and illnesses in society, and that's pretty cool. 

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He's a man who concerns himself with emotions and art, as well as what effect the two can have on each other, and he does it pretty darn well.

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Despite his macabre exterior, he is also a guy who loves cute things and being silly quite a lot. He loves to paint his face and pretend to be various monsters, as well as play around with props and pieces of art he made himself.

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Really, it's hard not to look at his enormous grin without letting out at least a little bit of a chuckle. He's such a goofball.

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You can also find him talking about cute and innocent games on his channel on occasion when he isn't talking about horror games. He discusses Ratchet & Clank, Super Mario World, and Yoshi's Island just to name a few.

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He also has a separate channel where he uploads original Ambient Music, which you can find here.

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If you can't make it past his depressed presentation and subject matter, that's understandable, but please don't hesitate to try him out anyway. You may just end up learning something about yourself.

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Also, I'd like to make a brief special mention of his excellent Silent Hill 2 video. While it isn't his funniest video, it's probably his best. I'll say nothing more about it and let you take a look for yourselves. 

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Kilian Experience 

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It's hard to explain a channel like Kilian Experience. The easiest way I could describe it would be if Videogamedunkey was more cynical, had an even dryer sense of humor, and had a thick Swedish (possibly Estonian) accent. 

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Kilian "reviews" all sorts of games in an extremely dry and sarcastic manner, all the while intentionally lying about the actual quality and content of the games he talks about, and purposely getting fact-checks wrong in order to confuse and irritate the audience.

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And it's hilarious.

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He also manages to cut deep with occasional topical humor about things other than Video Games. His video "A Garbage Guide To Old School Runescape" for example, is an homage to the film Forrest Gump -- which takes about five minutes to become apparent, and manages to create contextually relevant jokes about the Bird Flu epidemic and the 2008 US Housing Crisis, among other things.

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And don't even get me started on his occasional parody of Game Theory called "Game Theory-zing". If you're familiar at all with the former, then you'll find the latter putting you in stitches.

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He does curse quite a lot, so if that isn't for you, be warned. But other than that, I can't think of any other reason that you shouldn't be watching him. 

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Super Best Friends Play

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Do you have a friend that hollers like a madman when their favorite character in a show they love does something cool? Imagine four people like that in the same room together. Now imagine that they are doing a thing together. And they all like that thing. A LOT.

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Super Best Friends Play, which was originally just Two Best Friends Play over on Machinima, is just what the name implies -- a group of really good friends that love to get crazy hyped about stuff, sit down, and play some video games together.

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Their main channel TheSw1thcer harbors dozens of different let's-plays of all kinds of different games, all of which have different combinations of friends on them. And all of which are entertaining, with constant commentary about the game, or whatever just happened to be on their minds at the time.

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The Machinima episodes are plenty entertaining and worth a look, but nothing quite beats a good hour or so of uninterrupted commentary that many of their other videos provide.

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If you want a good want a good Machinima episode (although you can't really go wrong with any of them), I'd recommend the early Two Best Friends episode on L.A Noire. 

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If you want a good session of all four members of the Best Friends Zaibatsu, then I'd recommend their video on Shovel Knight.

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They also have an excellent podcast called The Super Best Friendcast, which is also absolutely worth checking out. It's where you go if you want around three total hours of Video Gaming, Anime, Super Hero, and Wrestling nonsense in one sitting.

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If you enjoy Game Grumps, you may very well enjoy this (they've actually guest-starred on each-others channels) so give them a look if they interest you at all.

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Oh yeah, and they also happen to have their own original character as one of the bosses in Shovel Knight. So that's pretty cool. (Can you feel the storm?)

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Before I begin I'd like to first say that I was partially inspired to create this list by a similar article written by fellow GameSkinny author RobotsFightingDinosaurs called "The 7 Best YouTube Gaming Channels You're Not Already Subscribed To".

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It lists several great gaming YouTube Channels that you should check out just in case you haven't done so already.

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I thought that it was a great idea, and a great list of people on YouTube who could use some more attention than they were getting. But it also led me to want to create my own list, and this time shine some light on a few YouTube gamers who aren't quite like the typical lot you see on YouTube's front page.

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These YouTubers are all pretty different from each other, and I cannot guarantee you'll like all of them, but if even one person finds a new favorite because of this list, I felt I've done my job.  

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Oh, and one last thing. Some of these channels have typical output that contains high amounts of cursing and mature content of a wide variety. 

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On that note, let's get started.

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Top Five Visual Novels to Play (if You've Never Played One Before) https://www.gameskinny.com/t6sus/top-five-visual-novels-to-play-if-youve-never-played-one-before https://www.gameskinny.com/t6sus/top-five-visual-novels-to-play-if-youve-never-played-one-before Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:55:51 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

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Higurashi When They Cry
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Higurashi, the first in the popular When They Cry series, is an episodic visual novel set in the peaceful village of Hinamizawa.  While each episode starts off as a slice-of-life comedy, they slowly descend into madness for reasons unknown -- eventually ending in violent death for the town's inhabitants, as ancient curses and the townspeople's own selfish goals come to a boiling point.  Exactly how much is real and how much is madness is unknown, but what is known is that Higurashi is a melancholy game of mystery and extreme violence.  Seriously, you have been warned.

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Higurashi, which started as a visual novel series and has expanded to include a manga, anime, and live action movie as well, is currently being re-released on Steam with updated art and sprites.  The first two episodes are already up, so if you can stomach the horrors that await you, give it a try.

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What's your favorite visual novel?  Did we miss one?  Let us know in the comments!

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Steins;Gate
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One of the true classics of the genre, Steins;Gate is a sci-fi adventure where you play as a self-proclaimed mad scientist who accidentally creates time travel.  This results in unwanted government attention, and soon he has to use his invention to change both his past and future and save his friends' lives.  Using a unique "phone trigger" system, you determine what happens by sending text messages through your phone, which influence the course of the story and what ending you get.

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Steins;Gate features a long, emotional story, one that will stick with you for a long time after you finish playing.  Originally available on PC, the game received a re-release on the PlayStation 3 and Vita last year, an incredibly polished port that I would recommend to anyone who hasn't played it yet.

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
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One of the best examples of "great games no one played," 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is the first game in the cult classic Zero Escape series, a hybrid of visual novel and those "escape the room" flash games you probably played in middle school.  

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You play as a college student who finds himself in a Saw-like game of death on board a sinking ship, where the only way out is to cooperate with the eight other passengers and seek the door marked with a nine.  While simple enough, every character has their own secrets and mysterious agendas, and nothing is as simple as it seems.

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 The gameplay is divided in two parts; escaping from the rooms by finding and combining object and solving puzzles, and visual novel sections.  Along the way, you'll have to make decisions that will determine which of the game's six endings you get.  

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Unfortunately, this game is one of the harder ones to get your hands on, as it only received a limited release, but you can generally find used copies online or at your local game store.  In the meantime, there's a great demo online that you can play.  The sequel, Virtue's Last Reward is available on the 3DS and Vita, and the end of the trilogy comes out the end of this month on 3DS, Vita, and Steam.

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
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If you liked Ace Attorney, but thought it felt a little too...sane... than Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is exactly your sort of game. Leaving the courtroom, the setting is instead a private high school of the incredibly talented, which has been taken over by a sadistic talking teddy bear.  The only way to escape is to commit the perfect murder, than successfully pin the blame on someone else in a class trial.  Succeed, and you go free, lose, and you'll be creatively (and messily) executed.

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Danganronpa takes the trial gameplay of Ace Attorney and puts it on steroids, imposing harsh time limits and minigames that range from simple games of hangman to fast-paced rhythm battles. The entire game is complete madness, with great writing that jumps from comedy to mystery to horror at a moment's notice -- and that's what makes it so special.  

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Add in a dwindling cast of memorable characters and you have a great game for fans of the genre and newbs alike. This game (and it's even better sequel) are both available on the PlayStation Vita and on Steam, and you should definitely check it out.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
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One of the best gateway series' to visual novels, the Ace Attorney franchise is one of the most well-known visual novels in the West because of it's unique hybrid gameplay. Rather than just scroll through text, the series makes you an active participant -- putting you in the shoes of a heroic defense attorney defending his client.  To do this, you need to listen to witness testimonies, find contradictions with the evidence, and present them with a loud "Objection!"  Along the way, you'll encounter not only engaging mysteries in need of solving, but a huge, colorful cast of characters with different schemes of their own.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy collects the original three games, and is available on the Nintendo eShop and iOS.  Outside of the original trilogy, there are two more games in the series, available on the DS and 3DS, with a sixth game arriving on the eShop later this year. So you won't have to worry about running out of crimes to solve anytime soon.

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While visual novels have never quite caught on in the West, plenty of the genre's classics have been localized and are playable on a surprising number of devices.  If you've ever had an interest in playing these text-driven games, now is probably the best time to start.  

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Whether you've never played one before or you've played so many visual novels you see text boxes in your sleep, here's five of the greatest, most accessible games in the genre.

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(Image courtesy of Capcom)

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The Best 7 Perfect Historical Leaders Based on Europa Universalis IV's Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/wh12t/the-best-7-perfect-historical-leaders-based-on-europa-universalis-ivs-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/wh12t/the-best-7-perfect-historical-leaders-based-on-europa-universalis-ivs-standard Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:23:57 -0400 StratGamer48

Europa Universalis IV is a grand strategy game that features historical events and people. Its developer, Paradox Interactive, is doing their best to simulate global history from 1444 to 1821. Within these 377 years, there were many great rulers and generals from different parts of the world who rose to power. In game, Paradox gave historical rulers stats with 0 being the lowest to 6 being the highest based on their administrative, diplomatic and military performance. If a ruler has 6 monarch points in all three skills, it means the ruler is perfect in all perspectives. Technology research will be faster if rulers have higher monarch points.

There are seven "perfect rulers" throughout the whole game. As all of them are "perfect rulers", I ranked them on their availability in game and their fixed military stat for firing, shocking, maneuver and siege, which are rated by their performance in historical battles. I will refer to them as the "four military stats" in the list below. 

7. Mori Takachika

Takachika is the Daimyo of the Mori Clan in1837. In that period, the Tokogawa Shogunate were facing imperialist threats from the Western world. At first, he was loyal to the emperor and tried to expel foreign imperialists and let Japan stay in isolation. However, it resulted in defeat at Shimonoseki. Afterward, he proposed to westernize and became a major player in the Meiji Restoration. 

Takachika is only playable if players modified the timeline in game. Even though he is playable, it isn't until the very end of the game and he can hardly be used, hence the reason I put him in last place.

Mori Takachika statue in Yamaguchi, Japan

6. Noriaki Uesugi

Noriaki is the Daimyo of the Uesugi Clan. He is the shogunate who united Japan from the Nanboku-Cho, a period of time when there were two imperial courts rivaling each other and claimed to be emperor of Japan. They were the Northern Imperial Court of Ashikaga Takauji in Kyoto, and a Southern Imperial Court of Emperor Go-Daigo in Yoshino. In 1392, the southern court declined being united by Noriaki. Later, he started a centralization reform and eventually held more power than the Takauji.

Unlike Takachika, Noriaki's timeline is placed before the game starts. If players modified the timeline, they still can use Noriaki until his death. At the same time, neither of them are playable without  modification.

Statue of Nariaki Uesugi in the Golden Pavilion at Kyoto, Japan

5. Pyotr I Veliky

Known as Peter the Great, Peter is the Russian Tsar who studied shipbuilding in the Netherlands at a young age and initiated a revolution against the traditionalist and westernization of Russia. Also, he won the Great Northern War, which resulted in the rise of the Russian Empire and the decline of Sweden and Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth after claiming Baltic ports from Sweden.

Peter is actually a playable "perfect ruler" in 1682. Because he lacks a fixed military stat, he is ranked after the following Top 4.

Portrait of Peter the Great

4. Henry VI

Known as "Henry the Great" and "Good King Henry", Henry VI rebuilt France after destruction from the French War of Religion. In the administration, he promoted education, agriculture, and expeditions to Canada. Nevertheless, he is known for his benevolence and love for his subjects. He is one of the few kings loved by the people during the French Revolution.

Henry VI is a playable French king in 1589 and has a 4,4,2,0 in the four military stats. With such stats, he definitely is able to "make France great again" after the French War of Religion.

Portrait of Henry IV 

3. Akbar I

Similar to Good King Henry, Akbar the Great is Known for his expansion of the Mughal Empire, religious tolerance and a centralized taxing system on military and subjects. Akbar also rewarded his officials based on merit instead of ethnic and religion background. He conquered most of neighboring powers during his military campaigns.

Akbar has a military stat of 4,4,2,2. He is evenly matched as Henry IV, but as he conquered other neighboring factions, a 2 in siege is given by Paradox.

Drawing of Akbar the Great

2. Gustav II Adolf

Gustav is one of the best generals in the list as he innovated new formations and weapons for the Swedish army. In the Thirty Year War, the Protestant League usually referred to him as "Lion of the North" since he defeated Catholic armies multiple times. One of the notable examples would be the Battle of Breitenfeld in which he defeated a much larger Catholic army. As a result of the battle, German Protestant states ensured their freedom of religion not being prosecuted by the Catholic Church. In the same time, Sweden became a strong and influential power in Europe.

Gustav's excellent performance in the the Thirty Year War led Paradox to give him a 6,5,6,1 in military stats.


Gustav II Adolf being presented in EU4 loading screen

1. Frederick the Great

Frederick's reign is an example of Enlightened Absolutism. As a monarch, he modernized the Prussian bureaucracy, civil service and encouraged religious tolerance. Similar to Gustav, his achievements in the military are more famous than administration. Frederick led Prussia to win the Seven Year War, which historian argue is the first world war as European colonies and natives were fighting as well. In North America, it is known as the French-Indian War. Although he did not make Prussia as strong as great powers like Great Britain and France after the Seven Year War, Prussia was able to maintain their state of existence before entering the war. 

Paradox rated Frederick 6,6,6,1. It means he is the most prominent general in the battlefield within this list.

Frederick the Great and his generals during the Seven Years War

Almost made it to the list

There are more great leaders in this period of time other than the seven I listed above. Perhaps they had some "flaws" in their political life, so Paradox did not rate them with 6s across the board. However, they are indeed great leaders in history. Here is list of "Almost Perfect Historical Leaders Based on EU4 Standard" and their major achievements: 

  • Gjergj Skanderberg, (6,5,6) Albania, 1443, defended Albania from Ottoman invasion for 20 years
  • Elizabeth I, (6,6,5) England. 1558, economic reform, defeated Spanish Armada and united religion in England
  • Minjo, Kaffa, (6,5,6) 1390, founder of Kaffa, first to innovate a method for roasting coffee 
  • Ang Chan I, Khmer, (5,6,6) 1516, defended Khmer from Siam and conquered land from it
  • Zhu Di, Ming, (5,6,6) 1402, won succession war at Jingnan Campaign, conquest of Vietnam, defeated Northern Yuan and initiated treasure voyages
  • Ismail, Morocco, (6,5,6), 1672, defeated Ottoman invasion and stayed independent, reconquered North African port cities from Spain
  • Abbas I, Persia, (6,5,6), 1587, military reform and reconquered lost territories from Uzbek, Ottoman, Portuguese and Mughal
  • Catherine the Great, Russia, (6,6,5), 1762, conquered Polish-Lithuanian, Persian and Ottoman territories, patron of art, literature and education, and issued paper money
  • Suleiman the Magnificent,  Ottoman, (6,5,6), 1520, conquered Persian, North African, European and Arabian territories, reformed education, taxation and criminal law
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6 great JRPGs for the Nintendo 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/2i0fe/6-great-jrpgs-for-the-nintendo-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/2i0fe/6-great-jrpgs-for-the-nintendo-3ds Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:27:54 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

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The Nintendo 3DS is a fantastic destination for those looking to get their JRPG fix, with tons of games already released and even more on the way. These were only a few of them, but they're some of the best.

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What JRPG's were missed from the list? What JRPG's are you looking forward to in the coming year?

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Let us know in the comments below!

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Fantasy Life

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Take the Animal Crossing and Rune Factory formula and apply it to a fantasy setting, and you get Level-5's Fantasy Life. 

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The game features a quirky setting, and a variety of jobs to take so you can live life the way you want. From cooking to exploring, tailoring and even fishing; you can pursue a life however you see fit. 

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There is a rather robust story mode that can be completed in about 30 hours, but there are almost endless hours of content to enjoy.

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Fire Emblem:Awakening

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Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the best JRPG's released so far on the Nintendo 3DS -- and may also be one of the best titles on the system period. 

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The turn-based battles are a joy to take part in, and the wide variety of classes and characters give you plenty of options to take down the opposing forces.

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While the games story is presented very well, the characters interactions are what really shine in this game. You can allow many of your allies to talk with (and even marry) their counterparts, which leads to fantastic results on the battlefield -- results which potentially lead to future effects.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

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The long-running Megami Tensei continued its run of excellence with the 2013 release of Shin Megami Tensei IV.

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The game lets you explore a ruined future landscape populated heavily by rampant demons - demons that you collect Pokemon-style, to help you battle through a ravaged world.

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There's a terrific narrative to be found in the game as well, with multiple endings depending on who ally yourself with.

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(Sidenote: This is only one of the few Megami Tensei titles you play on 3DS. There's also the spinoff Persona Q, as well the Devil Survivor games.)

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The Etrian Odyssey Series and the Etrian Odyssey Untold series

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Since the series of dungeon-crawlers started on the original Nintendo DS, the Etrian Odyssey games have always been a niche franchise; indicating that the games weren't necessarily for everyone. 

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The newest titles in the franchise, however have improved their accessibility to appeal to a wider range of fans while still maintaining the hardcore nature of their gameplay.

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While the early games were light on story elements, the newer Etrian Odyssey Untold games serve as remake of the earlier titles in the series with more story moments, character interactions, and even animated cutscenes.

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Bravely Default

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Bravely Default takes the best of old-school JRPG's - most notably the Final Fantasy series - and combines new-age video game design decisions to produce a title that shines in some of the best ways.

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Though the story can drag on bit -- and the game overstays it's welcome a bit by the second half -- the moment-to-moment gameplay is a great adaptation of old turn-based battle conventions. 

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Crimson Shroud

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If you're a fan of tabletop, you'll be right at home with Level 5's Crimson Shroud. Its unique battle system hearkens back to the original role-playing games, utilizing dice-rolls and and a touch of luck to progress the game's unique enemy encounters.

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While the game ism't particularly long (you can finish the story in about 7-8 hours) there is a lot game packed inside this little package. Coming from the mind of Yasumi Matsuno - the man behind such titles as Vagrant Story, and Final Fantasy XII - you can expect to be wowed by Crimson Shrouds' overall quality.

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Honorable Mention: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D gets a shout-out here, even though technically the game released for the Nintendo Wii before making its debut on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Nevertheless, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great title, with a large open world to explore, and plenty of monsters to take down - not to mention an expansive story, and an array of interesting characters.

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If you're Nintendo 3DS owner and a fan of JRPGs, you're probably excited for the upcoming releases of titles like Fire Emblem: Fates and Sqaure Enix's Bravely Second: End Layer.

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While those games can't come soon enough, there are quite a few JRPG titles available for the system that you can pick up to tide you over. We've chosen six of our favorites to share with you.

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10 Prospects To Draft Onto Your Squad in Football Manager 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/hvu32/10-prospects-to-draft-onto-your-squad-in-football-manager-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/hvu32/10-prospects-to-draft-onto-your-squad-in-football-manager-2016 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:14:16 -0500 Justin Andress

Can you feel the excitement building? Can you hear the roar of the crowds? The shouts and hollers of players on the field? Can you feel the anticipation for another year of the best sports simulation around? That’s right, we’re just a few days away from the release of Football Manager 2016! This year’s iteration promises to be something really special. The good folks at Sega and Sports Interactive are delivering a ton of new changes that are designed to make FM16 the most popular release yet.

Chief among the changes being made — at least according to series fans — is the inclusion of the “Create-A-Club” mode, a game mode that “allows you to name the club, add yourself and friends to the line-up, edit the squad to your heart’s content and even choose the colours.”

Sure, you know what you want your team name to be, and you know what colors your players will rock as they race onto the field. Now all you need is some quality players to round out your squad.

This is Football Manager, though, so you can’t actually expect the developers to take it easy on you, can you? Of course not! While you’re fighting your way to the top of your chosen league, you’ll have to deal with the same issues any manager would encounter, both on and off the pitch. One of those issues: the salary cap. That’s right, there’s no such thing as an unbeatable squad right out of the gate. You’ll have to manage your finances and make the most of your purchases. Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of names that are certain to put you on the road to a title.

Abel Ruiz

Abel Ruiz

Don’t sleep on the FC Barcelona youth striker. In real life, the goal-scoring machine is set to be a really valuable player, but that hardly compares to his value in FM16. Pick him up early if you want to give your squad the best chances at being a contender down the line.

Anton Mitryushkin

Anton Mitryushkin

Nineteen-year-old Russian goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin is something to behold on the pitch. Year after year, the up-and-comer has proven himself to be a wall that no soccer ball can pass.

The youth player won’t be an amateur for much longer, so it’s absolutely necessary to get him on your team if you’re in the market for a cheap goalie early on (and if you’re not, you should be).

Riechedly Bazoer

Riechedly Bazoer

On the field, Bazoer still has some maturing to do. In FM16, he’s like the next Pelé. He excels at a tough-to-find position (the Regista), and he’ll only improve as you play him. Expect to pay $15 million for him right out of the gate, but considering how much FM16 loves the guy, that’s a steal.

Considering how his price (and talent) soars as the game progresses, you’re doing yourself a favor nabbing him early, especially before he’s drafted by an opponent and he becomes a problem for your defense.

Carlos Gruezo

Carlos Gruezo

Midfielder Carlos Gruezo comes from a tradition of football players. The son of a former footballer, the people behind Football Manager 2016 clearly expect great things from the Ecuadorian.

His success is assured in the game, so you’re only cheating yourself if you don’t nab the youngster from Stuttgart as soon as humanly possible.

Simone Scuffet

Simone Scuffet

If you passed on Mitryushkin, then you should definitely keep Italian firebrand Simone Scuffet in your sights. Obviously, a high-performing goalie is key to a top notch squad. Unfortunately, great goalies are few and far between, and organizations who have one tend to pay top dollar to keep them.

So, keep an eye on the youngest goalkeeping talent out there, and make sure that Calcio Como’s Simone Scuffet is near the top of your list.

Toni Trograncic

Toni Trograncic

Bayern Munich’s teenage star Toni Trograncic is still unshaped, it’s true. He’s what you’d consider a long term investment. Especially since the kid is so young that there’s no telling which position he’ll play when he comes of age.

What is certain, though, is that Trograncic is one of the most technically skilled players of his age group. In other words, it doesn’t really matter where he’ll end up, because he’s going to dominate.

Ike Ugbo

Ike Ugbo

On the off chance you’re an under-18 footballer in Europe, you’re probably already very afraid of Ike Ugbo. This season, he opened Chelsea’s Youth season by knocking out a hat trick right out of the gate, a number that put him on path to becoming one of the organization’s leading all-time scorers.

And he’s only 16. Get him now, people, while the getting is good!

Joel Asoro

Joel Asoro

Sunderland’s 16-year-old acquisition is certainly one to grab first thing. The club has placed a lot of importance on his development, and for good reason.

Described as a “fox in the box,” Asoro is swift-footed and deadly from the inside. He’s already shown a lot of talent as both a striker and an attacking midfielder, so he’s certain to fit into your squad wherever you need him.

Jonathan Silva

Jonathan Silva

Series vets will recognize the name Jonathan Silva. The defensive wunderkind has repeatedly been the bane of club owners who haven’t drafted him early on (you know he made your life miserable in FM15).

The Argentinian’s value is guaranteed to spike after the first season, so be sure to invest some cash in him while he’s young and feel that much more confident that your defense has an extra layer of protection. 

Andrija Zivkovic

Andrija Zivkovic

In the case of Andrija Zivkovic, we need only prove our point by doing a little simple math. If you pick up the playmaker in your inaugural season, you’ll drop about $1.1 million to acquire him.

If you pass on the potential winger and wait until 2017 to acquire him, then that price tag jumps to about $40 million. So … yeah, buy him. It’s just common sense.

If you play it smart and use some of these players before they become big names, you can be dominating Create-A-Club mode without breaking the bank. 

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PS Plus October Games: What should you be playing? https://www.gameskinny.com/5jf3l/ps-plus-october-games-what-should-you-be-playing https://www.gameskinny.com/5jf3l/ps-plus-october-games-what-should-you-be-playing Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:41:10 -0400 Joe DeClara

October is coming close to its end, and with it will go another collection of games made available at no additional cost to PS Plus members. While the gesture sounds very generous on paper, we have more than once run into some bad apples.

But it would be a crying shame for unassuming gems like Rocket League and Unfinished Swan to go unnoticed before their time runs out. So, for your consideration, we took a look at some of October's PS Plus titles. Here's what we thought of them.

Super Meat Boy

An instant classic back in 2010, this hardcore platformer pays homage to the 8-16 bit generations of gaming, with hyper-precise controls and brutally difficult gameplay. Lead Meat Boy through an arduous journey of 100+ levels to save Bandage Girl from the relentless Dr. Fetus. But be warned: Super Meat Boy demands the highest of platforming precision and endurance of the soul - for you will be slaughtered again, and again, and again.

Though many may walk away frustrated and defeated, those who persevere and rise victorious will be graced with the triumphant glory known only to champions of games like Contra, Mega Man, and of course, Super Mario Bros. Though the new PlayStation edition was unfortunately neutered of the original soundtrack, Super Meat Boy otherwise stands as an incredible platformer and a befitting ode to games of old. 

It easily gets a YEA from me for free games you should be playing.

Kung Fu Rabbit

To call this game a Super Mario Bros. clone would be a disservice to the man in the red cap. Kung Fu Rabbit is a fun game only in its likeness to the thousands of 2D jumpathons before it. Throughout this pitiful platformer, you navigate a meant-to-be-cute rabbit through three worlds of twenty levels each, making the game's content on par with any standard Mario title.

Unfortunately, these uninspired levels are so trivial that they only take an average fifty seconds to beat, even if you go for all four collectible carrots strewn about each level. As you collect carrots, you unlock extra levels in the Bonus world, but this only served to create a stronger incentive for avoiding the collectibles, as I didn't want to play any more of this silly sidescroller. 

The controls are semi-fluent, and the content is plentiful, but uninspired enemies and mediocre level design earn this hopper a NAY.

KickBeat

KickBeat sounds like a perfect fit for Sony's mobile console - a stylish rhythm game based on beating up baddies martial-arts style to rockin' hip hop. Though the rhythmic input feels satisfying upon first watching your calculated button taps translate to killer kung fu combos, the gimmick quickly loses its appeal after enduring track after track of generic rap/rock, even with the game's short list of levels.

With superior rhythm games available through the store's PSP catalog, KickBeat does little to stand out amongst previous entries in the genre. 

I enjoyed the style, and would love to see similar things done with a better tracklist, but for now, I'm giving KickBeat a big kick in the NAY.

Broken Age

If you asked a few years ago, many would have said the point-and-click adventure genre died with Tim Schafer's Grim Fandango ("and good riddance" others might grumble). Last year, however, the same creator took to Kickstarter and brought us Broken Age: a playfully witty and humorous game with two distinct stories and protagonists.

Both adventures feature memorable characters and classic point-and-click puzzles. Though some puzzles often teeter between challenging and obtuse, these all-too-familiar frustrations are easily avoided with a helpful hint system. With the "I'm stuck" moments bypassed, and a price tag of zero, there is no reason to skip out on this charming and compelling story. 

For any lingering skepticism, please refer to this YEA.

Grow Home

Upon first taking control of the Botanical Utility Droid (BUD for short), I found him clumsy and awkward to navigate. But after getting a sense of the climbing mechanics and BUD's sensitivity to momentum, guiding him through his efforts to grow the Star Plant back to the mothership became less tedious and more endearing. Soon after that, BUD was soaring. 

Grow Home is a 3D platformer that embraces the genre's intrinsic imprecision and creates a simple, yet often awe-inspiring adventure of an E.T.-like critter trying to find his way home. Your goal is to climb and grow the Star Plant upwards through three hovering islands to reach the mothership for refueling. Navigating these floating islands by climbing, leaf-bouncing, and flower-gliding is a joy, especially when coupled with the exhilarating risk of falling back to the earth.

There are some buggy hiccups from time to time, like glitching through objects and semi-frequent drops in frame-rate, and the low-budget graphics cause some monotony. 

But overall, Grow Home had me jumping from Star Plant to floating island with a resounding YEA

What did you think of these games? Will you be picking any of them up yourself? Which PS Plus games have you found yourself playing beyond its featured month? Sound off in the comments!

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Top 5 Need For Speed games you need to try out https://www.gameskinny.com/ug7ma/top-5-need-for-speed-games-you-need-to-try-out https://www.gameskinny.com/ug7ma/top-5-need-for-speed-games-you-need-to-try-out Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:50:47 -0400 Serhii Patskan

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It’s also interesting to note that during all these years, there was only one game in the series that was released without the name of Need For Speed in the title – Shift 2: Unleashed.

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Also, all the games were ported to almost every platform possible, except Need For Speed: Nitro, which was developed exclusively for Nintendo’s DS and Wii consoles. Despite being interesting games in their own rights, none of them had the chance to enter the top 5 list.

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Now, what do we know about the new game? The garage is consistently updated with new cars, customization features already look great, and it is rumored that the highly-criticized need for permanent online connection will be eliminated, as well. So maybe something actually nice will come out of it all. The beta testing for Need For Speed begins on October 5, 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One.

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Tell us about your favorite Need For Speed game and what you expect from the new one in the comments section below!

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1. Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
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Electronic Arts took everything that was great about the previous installments, added an open world, and cooked a delicious new game. It had the biggest range of cars and modes ever, which was the clear sign that developers wanted to satisfy everybody. Sometimes this worked and sometimes not, but in the case of Most Wanted, it worked exceedingly well.

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Despite some flaws and shortcomings, Most Wanted deserves your close attention. Of course, you may not have enough patience to beat the game, but trying it out is a must.

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The 2012 Criterion remake wasn’t as excellent as the original, which still looks great today, but if outdated graphics give you headaches, then grab the one from Criterion instead.

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2. Need For Speed: Underground (2003)
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This was the game that borrowed all the finest elements from The Fast and The Furious movie, such as illegal drag racing, beautiful ladies, pumping beats and, of course, great looking cars. Everybody loved Underground, and the sales after the disappointing Porsche Unleashed and Hot Pursuit 2 brought the series back to success.

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You could, of course, complain about the flawed financial management system, unavailability of the daytime races, the inability to turn off the headlights, and no change of weather. On the other hand, along with Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it was one of the first video games to get the THX certificate – a standard previously given only to movies.

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Tuning mode was another huge thing back then, when gamers were basically tired of the same Lamborghinis and McLarens. Suddenly they could add spoilers, neon lights, crazy paint jobs or anything that made their car look great - and what’s more important, unique from the rest.

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3. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
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This was the remake of the super successful Hot Pursuit from 1998 that gave birth to the concept of police pursuits in the series. The new game took all the best features of the original and elevated them to the new heights. This was the first game that allowed you to play as a police officer chasing other players, which made this feature into one of the most highly regarded modes in the game.

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Unfortunately, there were things in Hot Pursuit that ruined the overall experience. For example, a complete lack of anti-aliasing feature in the video settings spoiled an otherwise crisp texture quality. Another annoying flaw was the absence of communication means between the players within the multiplayer, both the lobby and the game.

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Otherwise, the physics of the cars and the exciting track design made Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit not only one of the best games in the series, but also one of the best racing games ever.

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4. Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000)
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This was the only game in the series that allowed you to drive cars exclusively from Porsche. The range of cars was huge - from the earliest models of the 1950s to the latest Boxsters. It was a controversial decision to focus the whole game on Porsche alone. Of course, many fans consider this a terrible game, but believe it or not, there are many others who consider it the best in the series.

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Those who liked the game appreciated the opportunity to drive those old classic models. The career mode was especially interesting, letting you win the races, earn more money, and buy newer models for your garage. The physics was great and you could feel the huge difference between 356 and 911 models.

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5. Need For Speed: Shift (2009)
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Shift turned out to be a surprisingly deep, versatile and smart racing game. It was excellent both technically and artistically. Career mode had a huge number of various race modes, collectibles, and a multiplayer feature that let you take part in a variety of competitions full of adrenaline.

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The only two things missing from Shift were the integrity and the scale. The developers desperately needed to add a couple of hundred more cars and tracks, and not abuse it with effects - then it would be possible to compete with other giants like Gran Turismo and Forza. However, it was still enough to become one of the best racing games of 2009.

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During the whole period of the Need For Speed games series' existence, which started in 1994, it has experienced both ups and downs in its popularity. The developers used almost every possible trick in the genre: sports car races, police pursuits, tuning, and even cutscenes with QTEs.

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The last one, Need For Speed: Rivals, was released in 2013. Not only was it commemorating the twenty years of the franchise, but it was also the twentieth game in the whole series. This year we will see the release of the new game, simply titled Need For Speed, indicating the full reboot of the franchise. The game is set to be released on November 3, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, the PC version got pushed back to Spring 2016.

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This is a great opportunity to look into the rich history of one of the most successful racing series in the world and choose the best 5 Need For Speed games. It will also give PC owners some fresh ideas on what to play before the new game comes out next year.

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Top 10 Best PS2 Games https://www.gameskinny.com/b3z4d/top-10-best-ps2-games https://www.gameskinny.com/b3z4d/top-10-best-ps2-games Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:56:46 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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That's all folks! (Insert pig laugh.) We've counted down the 10 very best PS2 games. As was the case with the PS1 list, the diversity and quality of games on display here was incredible. I mean, you know the top 10 must be truly amazing when games like Shadow of the Colussus, God of War, Metal Gear Solid 3, Prince of Persia and many more, don't even make the cut.

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The PS2 is the most successful console of all time, and the primary reason why is the games. Some of the very best games of all time have come from this generation, not to mention some memorable character mascots and the inception of online multiplayer. This was the generation when 3D gaming found its footing and gaming really became accepted in the mainstream.

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So where next? Well, next we go smaller. The next step in the PlayStation timeline is the little system that could, the PlayStation Portable. Yes, we will be counting down the Top 10 PSP Games and reliving the glory days of arguably, the greatest handheld system of all time. (I'm more of a Vita guy, but the sales suggest otherwise). So remember to check back for the PSP list. We guarantee Tony Hawk won't hog the spotlight!

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Until then, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
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And showing the incredible impact and legacy of the series, it's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 that makes the number 1 spot on the list. This marks the 2nd time that the Tony Hawk series has topped the list, with THPS 2 hitting the number 1 spot for PS1 games. Gamespot even gave THPS 3 a perfect 10, making it only one of eleven games ever.

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As is usually the case with sequels, Pro Skater 3 went bigger and, as is not always the case, better. It added new tricks, levels, modes - including online and the all-important revert. The open-ended levels were brought to life with NPC,s, cars and all sorts of things, all of which you could combo off of. The revert move allowed for significantly longer combos that didn't have to end at certain moments, thus fundamentally changing how the game was played.

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The first two Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games were amazing. This may be kinda hard to understand nowadays, considering the downward trend the series went on, and especially with Pro Skater 5 releasing this week to less than favorable reviews. However, the series started on a very different note and that special trend continued well into the PS2 generation.

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They weren't just for skate fans, they were for fans of fun gameplay and challenges.

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Honorable Mentions:

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  • God of War I & II
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  • Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
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  • Madden NFL 2002 & 2004
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  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
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  • Virtua Fighter 4
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  • TimeSplitters 2
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  • Burnout 3: Takedown
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  • SSX
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  • Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
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  • Okami
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  • WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain
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  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
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  • Guitar Hero
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  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
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  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves
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  • Shadow of the Colossus
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2. Grand Theft Auto III
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This just had to be here, didn't it? Yes - the game that really did define open-world video games is more than worth its place on any list of classics. I've reiterated how ground-breaking GTA III was a few times in this list, but to really drive it home I will show you a few review quotes.

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The most innovative, outlandish, brilliant video game I've ever seen.

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-Official US PlayStation Magazine

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While the violent nature of the game will surely turn some people off and kids simply shouldn't be allowed anywhere near it, GTA III is, quite simply, an incredible experience that shouldn't be missed by anyone mature enough to handle it.

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-GameSpot

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A luscious, sprawling epic of a game and one of the most complete experiences I have ever encountered. If this is what I've waited a year to see on my PS2, then I would have waited ten. Magnificent.

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-Eurogamer

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Those three quotations from renowned outlets should help you realize just how innovative this game was. When GTA III came out we had been in the realm of 3D gaming for a good while, but developers were still trying to figure out the formula for hitting the nail on the head consistently. So when Grand Theft Auto III released and featured the first truly open 3D world, equipped with dozens of car types, sprawling map, intelligent NPCs and a story that you play at your own leisure, it felt like we suddenly leapt into the future.

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Another thing worth remembering is what came before. GTA and GTA 2 were decent games but they were top-down action games in which you stole cars and shot people. Certainly the DNA can be traced back, but I don't think many expected the series to evolve the way it did.

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Grand Theft Auto III was a surprising masterpiece that firmly cemented Rockstar as the most exciting, innovative developer in the world - a title they hold to this day.

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3. Resident Evil 4
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I'm a big fan of almost every game on this list, though it's far from the Top 10 I would devise myself. But I have a real penchant for this particular title. Resident Evil 4 made me a fan of horror games. I'd watch my brother play the original on the PS1 when I was a toddler, and dabbled with some scary things thereafter but it wasn't until I seen a friend playing Resident Evil 4 that I was truly hooked. After watching him play a very early level, I had to buy it for myself. Shortly thereafter I pressed start on my own GameCube version, with a different friend by my side, and started a journey I would never forget.

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So it kinda goes without saying that I really like Resident Evil 4. It's a tremendous game and quite possibly the paramount horror experience. Of course, scarier games exist, and as time passes and graphics etc. improve, Resident Evil 4 will fall further down that ladder. That being said, it's still the defining Resident Evil game and an exemplar of survival horror.

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You play as Leon Kennedy, an American agent who is sent to a mysterious village in Eastern Europe in search of the President's daughter Ashley Graham. Right away you realize that something bad has happened to every resident, and they desperately want to kill you. The crazed villagers are part of a cult, Los Illuminados, that controls them with a virus and answers to overarching series villain Albert Wesker.

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The story is pretty cool and the atmosphere was second to none when it released. The good news is, if Capcom continues its current trend of remastering EVERYTHING, then this game will get the PS4/Xbox One treament in just a few years!

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4. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
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Metal Gear Solid was, for many, the defining game of the PS1 era. It virtually invented the stealth genre as we know it and redefined storytelling in video games. So the follow-up to that game was going to have to be something very special, and it was. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was an incredible game that took the storytelling and gameplay to a whole other level.

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Oddly enough MGS 2 is a fairly divisive game with fans of the series. Despite the very cool, unique setting (Big Shell), quirky cast of characters, incredible cutscenes and improved mechanics, fans found it hard to overlook the simple fact that you don't play as Solid Snake. In a bold move, Kojima decided to go with brand-new character Raiden (Jack) as the protagonist, someone decidedly less cool than Snake. This was, in fact, the inspiration for the rapidly changed Raiden we meet in MGS 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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Regardless of the love/hate relationship with Raiden, it's undeniable just how good the actual game is. The original game certainly established the series as being "cool". but Sons of Liberty just oozed suave and confidence. From the weirdly sexual Vamp and Fortune to the debonair Pliskin and Raiden, Kojima knew what he was doing and was clearly given free reign over the project. This is where Metal Gear as we know it began.

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5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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But that was Vice City. As it always seems to do, a few years after its Vice masterpiece, Rockstar took its beloved series to the streets of Los Santos (California) and again redefined open-world gaming. GTA: San Andreas was unprecedented in size and production value, and even included Samuel L. Jackson as Officer Tenpenny.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the original sandbox. It was the first time you felt like you could truly do anything - drive from the concrete jungle to the backwoods, train like a beast in the gym, play pool, get your pilot license, burgle a house, spray paint walls, get tattooed, jet pack onto a building then parachute off, eat until you puke, fight gang wars, low-ride, purchase property, derail a train, and simply change your hair. And that isn't even everything. Simply put, San Andreas was well ahead of its time.

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This isn't just one of the very best PS2 games, it's one of the best games of all time and a testament to world-building, storytelling, characterization, and how to make a game fun.

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6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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Following up the most ground-breaking, controversial and realistic video game ever made (at that time) was never going to be an easy feat. But, as we now expect of it, Rockstar Games took one look at the bar of expectation and decided to break it in half.

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2002 was a pretty amazing year for gaming: Kingdom Hearts, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Spider-Man, Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Sly Cooper and the Thievous Racoonus and Ratchet and Clank, to name just a few. So it's telling just how good GTA: Vice City was that it received so many game of the year awards.

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Everything from the story to the music was perfect in this stylized version of 1980's Miami, Florida. While GTA III was the birth of the series and the open-world game as we know it, it was Vice City where Rockstar found its footing and added a ton of color, humor and absurdity to the series. Flying around the neon streets on a red motorcycle, listening to I Ran (So Far Away), with an SMG in hand, that's Vice City.

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7. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
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Carrying on the trend of high-quality racing simulation set by its predecessors, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec continued to perfect the formula, adding more depth and honing the graphics. Something worth noting, however, is that this came out just a year after Gran Turismo 2 and was, for all intents and purposes, a port of the PS1 game. That being said, it was a very, very good port.

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Coming out just 4 years after the original Gran Turismo, the third installment in the series showed an incredible advancement and acted as a phenomenal show-floor piece for the PS2. This version of the game added 2 new tracks, new cars and a great soundtrack.

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GT3 offers the finest racing, the best cars and the highest-quality automotive audio-visual feast available on any gaming system anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, it's an absolutely essential purchase for anyone who loves cars and racing. --IGN

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8. Madden 2003
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Madden 2003 was easily the best NFL game of its time and the first to feature series regulars John Madden and Al Michaels. The 2003 installment in the series was a very deep game with a franchise mode that would take months to complete, a fun online mode, and the first ever EA Trax and Mini Camp.

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It may look pretty jagged and robotic by today's standards, but in 2003 this version of Madden was the best and most authentic to date. The gameplay was refined and the commentary was a huge upgrade, making the overall package more realistic than ever before. It says a lot that Madden 2003 is, to this day, the highest rated Madden game ever!

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9. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
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It's hardly surprising the #1 most critically acclaimed PS1 game series also makes it into the PS2 list. Carrying on the pure skateboarding tradition of its predecessors, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 continued to perfect the mechanics and level design set forth by the previous installments.

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Pro Skater 4 was the last game in the series to bear that branding (ignoring the upcoming PS5) and be a skating simulator. The games that followed were very divisive and more GTA-inspired. Pro Skater 4, however, had excellent mechanics, impressive graphics, the always-awesome level design, and introduced multi-player into the series.

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10. Devil May Cry
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While God of War has become synonymous with big, hack 'n' slash action, it was Devil May Cry that first brought it to the PS2 and made it a very popular genre in the west. Capcom had been making sequel after sequel when Devil May Cry appeared out of nowhere and took everyone by surprise. A much appreciated surprise.

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Playing as private investigator Dante, you enter the Demon world to avenge the death of his mother and brother. Funnily enough, Devil May Cry started out as another sequel - a Resident Evil game to be exact. This, amazingly, was the embryonic version of Resident Evil 4, a game that may show up later in this list.

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Devil May Cry was a very stylish Gothic horror game that infused hack 'n' slash sword-fighting with dual gun-wielding. A great game that spawned several sequels and a reboot.

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Welcome back to the best PlayStation games countdown! This is the second week in the countdown and so we've moved on to the biggest selling console of all time, the PlayStation 2.

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Last time around we covered the great console that was the PS1. A system that was born from a scorned Sony and completely wiped the floor with its competition. When the next generation rolled around, Nintendo and Sega both attempted to emulate PlayStation's success by producing more powerful consoles that were capable of running bigger, more mature games.

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We all know what happened the Dreamcast, despite the fact that it was a very good console that was well ahead of its time. The GameCube was a similarly brilliant console but didn't sell all that well either, managing just 21 million units. The PS2, on the other hand, took over the world and brought gaming to the forefront of entertainment.

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It sold a whopping 155 million units, putting it well above the PS1, which is still the 2nd best-selling home console ever. The PS2 has also sold more than the Nintendo DS, which is sitting just behind with 154 million units.

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But you aren't here to read about numbers. No, you're here to see some games! And it's the games that made the PS2 so successful....well, that and a DVD player when they were pretty new. But the games were fantastic nonetheless. So let's hop in and find out which ones made the top 10!

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Halo 5: Guardians AR and Pistol Starts vs BR Starts https://www.gameskinny.com/33xj8/halo-5-guardians-ar-and-pistol-starts-vs-br-starts https://www.gameskinny.com/33xj8/halo-5-guardians-ar-and-pistol-starts-vs-br-starts Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:03:18 -0400 Zarhaz

The competitive Halo community has always debated in every game what the best starting weapon(s) should be for that specific game. This is because every Halo game comes with a massive tune in many of the weapons and additional unique weapons added to the game's arsenal. This causes players to conflict with each other on what weapon they feel is better for competitive play.

When players debate on which weapon is better, they typically judge the weapons accuracy, recoil, reload time and damage. Players want a weapon that is both rewarding to use and fair for the opponent. Now that we are entering Halo 5, there has been a large controversy over what the best starting weapon(s) in competitive play. A split has formed between players who support AR and Pistol starts and BR starts.

AR and Pistol

In Halo: CE, the competitive scene did not have many effective weapons to chose from. There was no BR and many of the weapons were either very weak, very overpowered, or extremely boring to use. This left the community with only two weapons that both took skill and were very rewarding to use: the AR and Pistol.

Although I preferred the Pistol for its accuracy and three-shot kill, both proved to be very exciting to for viewers the watch and players to use. The Pistol was an extremely dominate weapon that would melt people in mid and long range but required both good pacing and accuracy due to its single shot burst. The AR was a dominate close range weapon that had a great firing rate but was only good in close range and you would most likely die if you were to use it mid and long range. It is also the only double starting weapons to ever be used in competitive Halo.

The BR


The BR has been around in the Halo scene for ages, being used as the starting weapon for competitive play in every Halo except for Halo: CE and Halo: Reach. The BR is a great weapon in close, mid and long range due to its triple burst shot that gives it a bit of a spread every time you shoot. The BR has received several tune-ups over its years.

When it first came out in Halo 2, it was a ridiculously powerful weapon that could kill someone in under 3 seconds. This, however, was not because of the BR itself but because of glitches players found within the game. The infamous Double Shot was a glitch that only the veteran Halo 2 players would use to kill an opponent. It was a very complicated button combination that gave the player the opportunity to shoot the BR twice with every trigger pull. This meant that the BR will give a 6 round burst rather than the original 3 shot burst which would mean you could kill an opponent in just two shots rather than the usual 4.

This glitch required a lot of practice and did not always work, so it was a bit of a gamble to use. But if you were to pull one off it was the most rewarding experience you will ever have on that game. This created a massive skill gap within the competitive Halo 2 scene and eventually created the legacy the BR has today. Unfortunately in Halo 3, Bungie decided to make sure the glitch was not possible, therefore ending the Double Shot, but the BR continued to be the player's choice for a starting weapon.

My Opinion

From the time I have spent on the Halo 5 beta, I have noticed that the maps feel a lot different from any other Halo I have played. They're larger and more diverse, giving the player several options when moving from one side of the map to the other. Because of this change, I feel having the ability to shoot from long range is very important off spawn. There will be several scenarios when your team will be held in a spawn trap, but your opponents will be pretty far away, so being equipped with a short range weapon will make it very difficult to push out of the spawn trap.

The Ideal Starting Weapon

Personally I believe the ideal starting weapon should be either a BR start or a Pistol start. When I watched the Halo 5 Invitational two weeks ago, I noticed that the players typically stuck with the pistol more than any other weapon. This is because the pistol alone is great to use both in long distance and close range. The BR is also great to use in the same scenarios as well, but I think the pistol's single shot firing rate will add a bit more of a skill gap to the game, since pacing your shots will be much more important on the Pistol than the BR which has a bit of a spread when you shoot.

Either way I think both of these weapons would work in Halo 5 but I do not like the idea of having an AR and Pistol start. In my opinion, I feel the addition of the AR with the pistol will not only be kind of useless, but it will also take up your secondary weapon space, which will cause the player to press the Y button before picking up a new weapon. That not only takes more time to do, but is just an annoying process that players should not have deal with.

What would your ideal starting weapon for competitive play be in Halo 5? Let me know in the comments section below.

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3 Best iOS and Android Games From April 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/2ew2m/3-best-ios-and-android-games-from-april-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/2ew2m/3-best-ios-and-android-games-from-april-2015 Tue, 05 May 2015 19:53:35 -0400 Ryan Mayle

It's hard to keep up with all the new games that come out for Android and iPhone/iOS, but occasionally there are some games that seem to just come out of the gate with incredible traction and can spread like wildfire. This April has brought quite a few good games for both mobile platforms, but these three have solidified themselves as being the best new releases that are available on almost any phone.

Sorcery! 3

This isn't your typical video game when you think of one, but more of a visualized Dungeons and Dragons style of game. It's mostly text-based and you can choose your actions when you are prompted. One of the new changes from the standard Sorcery! series is the new overworld map where you can almost make your own adventure by choosing where you want to go in what order. Available on Google Play and iTunes

Does not Commute

Does not Commute is a quirky take on traffic management. You drive a car through a city to your destination in a style similar to the classic Grand Theft Auto series, but each route you take is saved and you have to deal with your terrible driving from before on your next trip through the city. Each trip you take makes the roads more crowded which makes this ramp up in difficulty. The game is very simple, fun, and best of all free. Available on Google Play and iTunes

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Blizzard has finally been able to bring Hearthstone to mobile and I'm glad to say that it fits perfectly. They have made enough alterations to the games interface that makes the entire experience feel like it was built to be played on a phone. If you are unfamiliar Hearthstone is a digital card collection game where you battle both computers and other people online. There is no trading cards, but you are able to create them with the game's crafting system or purchase packs of cards. Available on Google Play and iTunes

 

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Top 10 Most Played Support Champions in Ranked https://www.gameskinny.com/59sxa/top-10-most-played-support-champions-in-ranked https://www.gameskinny.com/59sxa/top-10-most-played-support-champions-in-ranked Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:04:54 -0400 ElektedKing

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1. Thresh - The Thresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Your soul is not as safe as you think it is when you're up against the hook master - probably even less than if you were against a Blitz. This monster of a support champion has seen the rounds, from full AP builds to full AD and everything in-between, it's no longer a surprise to see that this support tops our chart with 1.8 million ranked appearances and 5.6 million appearances in League in the past month.

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If you're looking to practice dodging, go against a Thresh. By the time he no longer lands any easy hooks on you it's almost guaranteed you'll be an expert at avoiding most other skill shots as well!

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2. Leona - The Dawn of Justice

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If you're against this armored lady you better be ready to take some damage, and quite possibly a lot of it. She'll keep you stun-locked longer than you've ever thought possible before; all the while adding bubbles of light to your face for her ADC to pop for extra damage. With such a reputation, it's no surprise that she's made over 1.4 million ranked appearances in the past month alone.

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The only chance you have at avoiding an untimely death would be a QSS or even a Banshee's Veil if you've got the damage to forgo the Mercurial Scimitar instead. The only thing for certain when faced against this CC queen, you may want to just sit back and poke for a while.

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3. Blitzcrank - The Arm

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Being one of the most annoying champions in the League can really make a lasting impression on the players - enough so to make 1.3 million ranked appearances in the span of 30 days. That means there's been (at a bare minimum) at least 1.3 million grabs in the past month - imagine the frustration you would feel being on the other side of numbers like that!

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Blitz has a full combo designed to ensure at least one kill, so if you're not running with a Morgana you better hope your dodging skills are up to snuff or you just may be his next victim.

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4. Annie - The Bear and the Maiden Fair

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With her stunning imagination and a friend named Tibbers, this psychotic little ball of sunshine will keep any ADC/Support combo on it's toes. Every four spells, that's when she'll have her stun up... again. The only thing that could possibly save you from the wrath of a decent Annie player would be a Quicksilver Sash, so you better hope you've got enough damage under your belt already to remain relevant even after spending the gold for it.

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Her ultimate is really and truly what makes her an absolute nightmare to go against, as her hatred fueled damage eradicates your health bar as if it never was filled to begin with. Better hope and pray to whatever you believe in her stun wasn't up at the time or you may as well count yourself already dead. Unless you QSS away in time!

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5. Janna - Mistress of the Wind

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If you're against a Janna I hope you're good at dodging her mini-hurricanes; otherwise you'll see your health dwindle down to nothing faster than you thought possible. It's not just her poke that you need to be afraid of, she has the ability to heal off any damage you've done with her large AOE heal of an ultimate.

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She's also got one thing going for her that no other support can boast of - she can shield towers. Imagine that you've killed the enemy ADC and you know their mid is heading for you; but their tower has one hit left to it. You attack it right? Wrong. Janna denies your request for extra gold and in return leaves you running with your tail between your legs.

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6. Sona - The Musical Maestro

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Be honest with yourself, who does more damage - the enemy ADC or the enemy Sona? If your answer was the enemy ADC, you're not facing a good Sona. Heals, she's got them. Speed boost? She's got that covered as well. Poke damage fit for a Nidalee fan? Yep. Don't forget the large AOE stun that you and your team will inevitably get caught in!

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With over 741,000 appearances in the past month there's no wonder she got one of the best skins Riot has released. So sit back, relax, and let the music play on.

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7. Braum - The Mustache

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With the release of Braum came one of the best reasons to ever have a Celine Dion song ready for montage clips. This giant hunk of man has managed to take the tanky support world and completely change what it means. Not only is his engage terrifying (dat passive), his disengage is equally troubling.

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Don't forget about his shield though, especially if you think you're going to be doing any damage that day (here's a hint, you won't be). As if all that weren't enough, his slow will keep you at a snail's pace for long enough for him to proc his passive - stunning you on top of the extra damage dealt.

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The Mustache has made almost 600,000 appearances this past month in the League, with millions of saves under his belt - so do not underestimate Braum in ranked!

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8. Fiddlesticks - Lord of the Crow

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Blitz might be frustrating, but if I ever had to give my opinion on the most annoying support to run against it would definitely be this lanky Devil-spawn right here. Crawling from the fiery depths of Satan's anus, Fiddlesticks makes his appearance on this list - and you'll know it in game. Not only will he make it completely impossible to cast any spells with his silence, his fear have your champion running in circles for as long as Morgana can keep you in one spot. Basically forever.

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What can you do about this? Quicksilver Sash may help a little, but that doesn't mean he won't be chasing you with an active Crowstorm right under your feet. Better hope you haven't burned Flash anytime recently!

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9. Nami - Bubbles of Love

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The fish out of water takes the number nine slot for this past month with almost 390,000 ranked appearances. This lovely mermaid has saved many of our own lives before - regardless of our own lane choices. What makes her one of the best choices, however, isn't simply her bubble or her tidal wave of terror, not even her heal can compare to what her Tidecaller's Blessing can do for your team.

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Tidecaller's Blessing not only adds extra damage to your ADC's (or whomever the little mermaid chooses) attacks, but they also slow whoever or whatever is hit as well. It's like a mini Red Buff. This works too well with any kiting champion (looking at you Kalista) and can really control any poke lane as well.

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10. Alistar - The Cow of Redemption

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Coming in last place in the top ten most played support champions is none other than the giant cow we all hate to see charging toward us in League of Legends. Usually this charge is followed by a skillfully timed knock-up in whichever direction we really didn't want to go; or a complete and utter misjudgement shown by the newer cow players.

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Alistar is one of the more fun tanky supports to play - mainly because every attempt at an engage can be an adventure or it can show a type of lane dominance made for the professionals. One thing is for sure; with over 350,000 ranked appearances in the past month have left many players afraid of the bull.

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We have a lot of support champions to assist us in our fight against the enemy team, but which ones see the most play in the ranked world? From the unconventional supports like Fiddlesticks or Brand to the obvious ones like Leona, who sees more game time? Take a look and see for yourself!

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Results are based off of the statistics from February 17 through March 16 of 2015.

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10 Best Booths From PAX East 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/wldir/10-best-booths-from-pax-east-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/wldir/10-best-booths-from-pax-east-2015 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:38:22 -0400 Ryan Mayle

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Alienware had more to show than just PC hardware. They also deemed it worth to show off their custom Pick-up truck that had color changing LEDs all over it, speakers strung across the roof rack, and 6 game stations that pulled out of the back of the truck bed. On top of all of this, the lights would change to the music that was being played.

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Twitch had a huge booth that you saw as soon as you walked into the Expo Hall. This was the most well-lit booth as the front of it was set up like a studio complete with lights, cameras, and sound equipment. It gave attendees a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of the live-broadcast of a show.

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Grey Box had a huge booth this year for their game Grey Goo. They had their booth built around a center stage to demo their new RTS game. It was very easy to see their booth from a distance due to the glow that it emitted. And statues!

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The Cards Against Humanity booth wasn't easy to find, but it was worth the search. Their booth consisted of 2x4s, cardboard scraps, some duct tape, and their cards spread all over the table. Also featured at this booth: game developers were posted every day to sign cards from their game and hand out swag. This was the most low budget booth in the entire convention center, but this made it the most hilarious. 

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For Capcom, Monster Hunter is big, and they did a great job supporting it this year. They created a Monster Hunter themed trailer to sell merchandise from and had three tents surrounding it, creating a great looking hunter caravan. Two tents contained New Nintendo 3DS XL's with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and one tent was filled with 3DS charging cables for attendees.

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Blizzard's Overwatch booth was something that was easy to see from almost any spot in the expo hall. The entire booth was glowing orange and had huge displays on each corner showing game footage. Lines wrapped around the booth and into the center where people were sent to booths in each corner to play their new game Overwatch.

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The booth for Oculus was set up to bring people out of the show floor and into a makeshift living room. The booth itself had an entrance on the front and exists in the back and rooms with soundproofing walls surrounding it. When being inside the booth you almost forgot that you were in the middle of a loud expo hall as it was much quieter and relaxing inside the booth.

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Guild Wars 2  had a very jungly booth for their new expansion Heart of Thorn. They had fake foliage surrounding everything at their booth. In some spots, it was difficult to see what was going on inside the booth. It was very easy to spot the Guild Wars booth from a distance as a tree inside an expo hall sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Hot Pockets gets my Best Booth That Wasn't A Booth award. They had a food truck stationed directly out front of the convention center. They constantly had a line outside of it as they passed out free Hot Pockets to anyone who came along. No promotional material, didn't ask for any email address, just a constant free stream of Hot Pockets.

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Wargaming had a huge setup designed to look like something pulled out of the World of Tanks and World of Warships world. The entire booth had a concrete and steel look and even featured some crumbling parts to look like it was a war-torn building. This all meshed up very well to provide a good sense of environment that matched the game.

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PAX East 2015 has come and gone, but some booths will not be forgotten. The environmental setup of a booth helps developers really pull people into their games by transporting attendees into a new world. Here is a collection of photos that I thought did the best job at this by looking great and setting themselves apart from the rest of the show floor.

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Top 3 Games For Your Smart Watch That Are Also Free https://www.gameskinny.com/ofdt3/top-3-games-for-your-smart-watch-that-are-also-free https://www.gameskinny.com/ofdt3/top-3-games-for-your-smart-watch-that-are-also-free Sun, 08 Feb 2015 19:36:36 -0500 Ryan Mayle

It's becoming more and more common to see smart watches out and about. One type of smart watch that has been growing in popularity is the Android Wear smart watch. If you happen to have a Moto 360, LG G Watch, Sony SmartWatch 3, or another compatible Android Wear device, you can get any of these great free games and get started on passing the time on your wrist today. 

Wear Orbits

Wear Orbits is an addictive game, which looks extremely nice on circular watch faces. In this game, planets rotate around the center of the screen at different speeds, and it is your job to avoid getting hit. There are set orbit tracks that you will ride on, so in order to move to an inner orbit of space, you tap the center of the screen. To move to an outer orbit you tap on the outer side of the screen. This game is both entertaining and challenging, which will have you coming back to try to beat your previous score. You can pick up Wear Orbits directly from Google Play.

Flopsy Droid

Remember Flappy Bird? This incredibly popular game that just appeared out of nowhere and was suddenly installed on everyone's phone now has a clone that was built from the ground up to run on your watch. However, instead of a bird, you are the Android mascot Bugdroid. The controls are simple, as the only thing you need to do is tap the screen for a short burst of air to dodge pipes that you fly through without hitting anything. It's a great game that will run on your watch, but try not to kill your battery playing it too much. Be sure to download Flopsy Droid on Google Play.

2048 - Android Wear

This is an exact copy of 2048, but pushed directly onto your watch. If you are unfamiliar with the game, it's the free-to-play clone of the hit game Threes!. The game plays exactly the same as it does on your phone, sliding up, down, left, and right to combine like numbers. If you were to pick one game to have on your smart watch, this would be it as it has simple controls, a familiar premise, and endless replayability. Check it out on Google Play.

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GameSkinny's Best of 2014 League of Legends Awards https://www.gameskinny.com/i8fsl/gameskinnys-best-of-2014-league-of-legends-awards https://www.gameskinny.com/i8fsl/gameskinnys-best-of-2014-league-of-legends-awards Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:43:13 -0500 TheCasualGamer

It's been a long year with many amazing games, players, champions and fan creations. Today GameSkinny is going to take a look at all of them and give you our picks for who came out on top. We will be covering Team of the Year, Player of the Year, Series of the Year, Rioter of the Year, Champion of the Year, Skin of the Year, Game Type of the Year, Event of the Year, Fan Creations of the Year, Community Site of the Year and Journalist of the Year.

Team of the Year

Winner: Samsung White | Runner Up: KT Rolster Arrows

The honor of Team of the Year goes to the Season 4 World Champions Samsung White. After struggling throughout all of 2014 to defeat their sister team Samsung Blue they finally won when it counted in the World Championship Semifinals and advanced on eventually winning the Summoner's Cup. They peaked at just the right time finishing the World Championship with a 15-2 record only losing games to Team Solo Mid and Starhorn Royal Club.

Player of the Year

Winner: Dandy | Runner Up: Mata

Play of the Year honors go to Samsung White's jungler Dandy. Unargueably the best jungler in the world and often the driving force behind the Samsung monster it is hard to argue with his dominance of both Korea and the World. Dandy favoured aggressive play-making junglers like Lee Sin, Kha'zix or his famous Rengar. He put on a clinic in Game 4 of the World Championship FInal and proved exactly why Rengar was always a must ban champion for teams playing against Samsung White.

Series of the Year

Winner: OGN Summer Finals KTA vs SSB
Runner Up: World Championship Semi-Finals OMG vs SHRC

Rivaling the 2013 OGN Champions Summer Final for the greatest series of League of Legends ever played, the 2014 Champions Summer Final takes the Series of the Year award. A completely back and forth series between the KT Rolster Arrows and Samsung Galaxy Blue came down to an epic mirror match. Seriously, if you don't watch any other League of Legends games from 2014 this one is well worth it.

Rioter of the Year

Winner: Deman | Runner Up: JPShub

Everybody's favourite caster Leigh "Deman" Smith wins our award for Rioter of the Year. Never a bad word to say about Deman, coming from a long casting career that started back with Battlefield: 1942, he continued to bring his top-tier casting to EU LCS and the Season 4 World Championship. Despite leaving the Riot family to rejoin the team at ESL he is no less loved and we wish him all the best in 2015 and beyond.

Champion of the Year

Winner: Gnar | Runner Up: Braum

This guy had a "Gnarly" release with some cool lore and an awesome launch event and webpage to boot. Oh, and he's a yordle! Beyond his launch many players wondered how effective this little guy would be with his unreliable transformation mechanic. Gambit Gaming top laner Darien seemed to be the first of many to realize his potential and played him to over a 60% winrate shortly after his release.

Skin of the Year

Winner: Dunkmaster Darius | Runner Up: Project: Yasuo

Riot finally acknowledged the dunk squad with their Dunkmaster Darius skin release. Sporting a broken basketball hoop in place of a giant axe and a Team Noxus jersey, Darius is ready to take on all comers. You can now get all the tasty resets by putting your enemies bodies through your hoop.

Game Type of the Year

Winner: Urf  | Runner Up: Legend of the Poro King

The most popular game mode this year by a landslide was the new Ultra Rapid Fire or URF mode. It didn't matter what champion you picked there was always something ridiculous to discover with no cooldowns and infinite mana! After having almost 15% of the champion pool deemed too overpowered to play in URF mode was shut down all too soon and has been begging to come back ever since.

Event of the Year

Winner: World Championship | Runner Up: IEM Katowice

It should only make sense that the best international event of the year should go to the Season 4 World Championship. However IEM Katowice in March was our runner-up over IEM San Jose and All-Stars. It featured a more diverse international lineup and an undefeated by the slumping KT Rolster Bullets, proving that Korea was still very much ahead of the west.

Fan Creations of the Year

Winner: Instalok | Runner Up: ohnips

Youtubers Instalok top this years fan creations list. Performing parodies of hit songs and even some of their own originals consistently has put them over the top in terms of popularity among the League of Legends player base. Check out their version of Dangerous by David Guetta featuring one of our other winners! Listening to them while you play ensures you'll have fun, even when you're losing.

Community Site of the Year

Winner: Surrender@20 | Runner Up: onGamers

Surrender@20, run by the bearded bandit @Moobeat is our top fan site for 2014. Covering everything from PBE Updates to Tier lists a Dev Tracker and more, Surrender@20 is the one stop shop for everything coming to League of Legends before it hits the live servers!

Journalist of the Year

Winner: Richard Lewis | Runner Up: Kelsey Moser

 

An integral part of the League of Legends community, whether you love him or love to hate him, Richard Lewis snags our Journalist of the Year award. Breaking all the news sometimes before even the teams knew what was going on! The majority of the League of Legends community has warmed up to Richard over the last several months, but several still oppose his ways of bringing news into the public domain. We wish Richard continued success in 2015!

Do you agree with the choices? Who would you have picked in this 2014 round-up? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below!

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Threes! Becomes Apple's Game Of The Year https://www.gameskinny.com/1erlr/threes-becomes-apples-game-of-the-year https://www.gameskinny.com/1erlr/threes-becomes-apples-game-of-the-year Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:07:43 -0500 Ryan Mayle

2014 is coming to a close and many great games have come and gone when it comes to Apple's mobile app store. However the one game that Apple has chosen to award its Game of the Year title is Threes!. This is both a simple and complex puzzle game that came out for iPhone on February 6th.

The object of Threes! is to slide numbered tiles left, right, up, or down to combine similarly numbered tiles to create larger numbers. You only get to work within a 4x4 grid, so if you run out of possible moves, the game will be over and your score is finalized after all the numbers on the screen have been added together.

This game managed to just sneak by Leo's Fortune for the number one slot, but also ranked higher than many other great games available on the app store. Other excellent games that Apple included in their list of Best Games of 2014 include Monument Valley, Hitman GO, Battleheart Legacy, and Smash Hit.

For those who are Android users, you can also take some enjoyment of this list of excellent games as most of them are also available on Google Play. It's well worth the small price tag, and is a good showing of what 2014 brought to mobile gaming.

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The Final End of Season Push: Shut Up, Learn Up, Rank Up. https://www.gameskinny.com/78cqy/the-final-end-of-season-push-shut-up-learn-up-rank-up https://www.gameskinny.com/78cqy/the-final-end-of-season-push-shut-up-learn-up-rank-up Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:50:10 -0500 TheCasualGamer

I constantly hear people ask, "What is the best way to improve my rank in League of Legends?" While many people often give or receive the same answers, 'don't rage' or 'buy wards', I'm going to provide you with what I believe are the most beneficial tips for grinding out ladder games and moving up the ranks.

  1. Disable /All Chat

    There is no benefit to having /all chat enabled. Communicating with the other team while in the game serves no purpose in the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy nexus. 

  2. Take A Break Between Games

    Win or lose get up and walk around for 5 minutes. Grab a glass of water, stretch, open a window, go to the washroom, anything. Breaking the cycle of the "Play Again" button will allow you to improve your concentration when you start up again. Focusing on a computer screen for hours at a time is not only detrimental to you wellness but can also decrease your attentiveness over a prolonged gaming session.

  3. Set Ego Aside, Emulate The Pros


    They didn't get to become the best at the game for no reason. Look up guides, runes/masteries and build orders for your most popular champions. "I have a setup to match my playstyle," while that may be true it's also possible that your playstyle in sub-optimal and could be improved!

  4.  Comfort Pick > Counterpick

    Especially in lower ranked games I used to see people talk about how X champion was Y champion's hardest counter because they read it on a website somewhere. That may be true, but it doesn't account for the amount of experience each player has playing their champion. Picking Fizz against Twisted Fate is well and good in theory, but if you have never played Fizz before you are in for a world of hurt.

  5. Be Annoying With Smart Pings


    I don't care how annoying your top laner thinks you are. If you look at the minimap and see a jungler coming to gank him, you better start spamming those retreat pings because there is a 99% chance he isn't looking at the minimap. Let people know where you are going every time you leave lane! Ask for help with a ping instead of typing it and missing out on last hits. The notification sound is the biggest part of team communication and will cause your teammates to look at the minimap for information.

  6. Narrow Your Champion Pool

    The only time you were ever able to play every champion with the same caliber was before you ever set foot on the Rift. You will never be able to perform as well on 80-100 champions as you could if you only played 8-10. Find your favourites in each role and stick to them. Practice, Practice, Practice!

  7. It Is Okay To Queue Dodge

    Losing 3 LP and 5 minutes is much better than losing 15 LP and 45 minutes. If your team is being extremely uncooperative or on tilt from a previous game it is often a very good time to take your 5 minute break. While I often discourage dodges based on champion picks, if your team is missing any of the 5 key roles in the team it is also a good time to dodge.

  8. Warm Up IN and OUT of Game


    There is a reason that the pros have hand warmers on stage with them. Believe it or not you will have a significantly slower reaction time if your hands are cold. In a game where literally fractions of a second can make a difference between winning and losing games it can't hurt to give yourself every advantage possible.

    Play a warm up game. It doesn't always have to be League of Legends. Play playing something that tests you accuracy, reaction time and gets your fingers moving. Things like OSU or Typeracer are good for this.

  9. Listen To Music

    Listening to music can have the advantage of improving cognitive function. Music that lacks vocals is best for this as to not introduce external stimulus or detract from the in-game sound effects that can negatively impact performance.

  10. Stop Playing The Game



    If you have lost several games in a row just stop playing the game. Whether you think you are or not the truth is that you are tilting. It's an emotional response that we have little control over as humans. You will play much worse after 3-4 losses than you will after 3-4 wins.

If you follow all these tips and take them seriously, along with not raging and buying wards, you should see an improvement in your overall ranking in time for the ladder season to close up in a few weeks.

Featured Image from devilxkat

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