Top 10  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Top 10  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:38:28 -0500 ESpalding

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So then, there you have it! Ten great indie games which are going to be heading our way in 2019. Of course, we've only scratched the surface as there are so many amazing indie games in development at the moment and many we will see in the coming year.

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Are you looking forward to any of these ones? Maybe you are excited about something else?

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Let us know which games you are most looking forward to seeing and we will try to keep you informed about them as well as many other titles arriving next year and beyond!

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Trine 4

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Developer: Frozenbyte
Release date: TBA 2019

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Not much is known about what Frozenbyte will be bringing us with Trine 4; there isn't even an official trailer for it, but given that Trine 3 gained quite a lot of negativity, fans are hoping that they have learned what wasn't done well last time and have built on that. 

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This time around they have partnered with Modus Games and Trine 4 will eventually be available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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As the news of a new Trine game was announced by accident by someone that wasn't the developer, we still don't know all that much about it. But we'll be sure to let you know when we do. 

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Spelunky 2

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Developer: Mossmouth
Release date: TBA 2019

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There is currently a frenzy of excited Spelunky fans eager to find out when the next installment is coming to our screens. Those who went to PAX West this year have already had a look at it and, judging by the chatter, it is looking like a worthy successor! 

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In Spelunky 2, you play as the daughter of the spelunker from the first game, who is trying to make her own way in the underground world. She has taken to the skies and is now exploring the tunnels on the moon. There are plenty of new dynamics, critters, and mobs to fight against.

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Phoenix Point

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Developer: Snapshot Games
Release date: June 2019

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It is always exciting when a founding father of a genre returns to their roots. That is what Phoenix Point is.

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It is being made by the creator of the original X-COM series, Julian Gollop. It is a squad-based game using turn-based tactics and strategy and is said to be the true spiritual successor of the original series. It has already got a massive fanbase, which is evident from its hugely successful Fig campaign, launched in 2017, where it raised $765,948.

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In the future, Earth is decimated by a deadly outbreak called the Pandoravirus. It has the ability to mutate a being almost instantly by combining human, animals and alien DNA. This gives the game an ever-evolving menace to deal with. The aliens themselves are procedurally generated so players will constantly be having to evolve their own tactics in order to defeat them.

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Upon release, Phoenix Point will be available on PC, Mac and Xbox One.

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In the Valley of the Gods

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Developer: Campo Santo
Release date: TBA 2019

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The last time developers Campo Santo were on the scene was back in 2016 with their sensational mystery game Firewatch. Their latest game, In the Valley of the Gods, aims to take you on a journey through 1920s Egypt while out to discover new archaeological discoveries.

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You play as an explorer named Rashida who has one more shot to make it to the big time as a filmmaker. She has been sent out to Egypt to try and uncover new ancient relics and to document the whole thing. Unfortunately for you, the only other person on this adventure is your former partner who you have absolutely no desire to work with again.

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In the Valley of the Gods does not have an exact release date just yet, but we do know that when it becomes available it will be on PC, Linux and Mac.

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Sable

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Developer: Shedworks
Release date: TBA 2019

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Undoubtedly, the first thing that grabs you about Sable, by UK-based developer Shedworks, is its unique comic book art style. It went down a storm at E3 2018 and gained a lot of interest from fans and press alike.

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The story starts when the titular character sets out into the desert for her tribes "right of passage". To become an adult, Sable must explore her surroundings, unlocking ancient histories and learning about the world around her. This is very much an exploration game with some platforming and puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no combat in the game at all. Everything is focussed on exploration.

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There is no definite date for Sable's release but, until we know, here is the E3 announcement trailer for you to watch.

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Session

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Developer: crea-ture Studios
Release date: Q2 2019

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Fans of the skateboard subgenre have been hoping for a follow up on the vastly successful Skate 3 but, as it has already been confirmed by EA that there isn't going to be a Skate 4, there was a big hole in the market which needed to be filled.

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Enter crea-ture Studios and their game Session. Back in 2017, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to make and release their own skateboard game. They were initially looking to raise CA$80,000 but managed to get a massive CA$163,700 in funding.

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Session promises to reignite your passion for skateboarding and wants you to explore what it means to be a street skater. The only limit to the tricks you can do is your creativity and your dedication. Some of the game's features include a video editor which will allow you to film, edit and create your own montage to then show to the game's community.

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PHOGS!

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Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release date: TBA 2019

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If you love bright colors, puzzles, and physics-based games, then, my friend, PHOGS! is going to be the game for you. Developed by Bit Loom Games and published by Coatsink, both in the UK, the game has been doing the round on the expo circuit this year and has been a roaring success.

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In PHOGS!, you play as a creature which resembles two dogs who are connected to each other via the mid-section. The aim is to travel through the "Phoggyverse" completing puzzles and overcoming various obstacles. Sounds pretty straightforward but with two characters for the price of one to control, things could get interesting!

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It is going to be released across multiple platforms but, as of yet, we don't know which ones that will be.

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Creaks

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Developer: Amanita Design
Release date: TBA 2019

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You might think that this is an obscure choice, but the folks at Amanita Design have a pretty good cult following thanks to their smash hit point-and-click Machinarium. The artwork of their games is unmistakable!

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There isn't a whole lot known about this game. In fact, on the game's Steam store page, all it says is "meet your new neighbors".

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In the teaser trailer for Creaks, you get the impression that this is going to be another point-and-click adventure which is heavy on puzzles and problem-solving. The setting looks dark and eerie with great attention to the smallest details.

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Once we know any more details about Creaks, we will let you know. 

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Sunless Skies

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Developer: Failbetter Games
Release date: January 31, 2019

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Even though Sunless Skies has been in Early Access on Steam for quite some time, it is finally getting a full release at the beginning of next year. Since hitting Steam back in 2017, it has been getting positive reviews all the way through its development, so this is looking like it is going to be a great addition to your indie collection. 

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In the second of their Sunless games, Failbetter Games wants you to take command of a flying locomotive and explore the reaches of space in this Victorian Gothic adventure RPG set among the stars.

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Sunless Skies is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Sea of Solitude

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Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Release Date: Early 2019

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Sea of Solitude was announced last year as one of EA Originals' next indie titles, but it was at E3 this year that we got to see more of this stunning indie game.

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The game follows a young woman called Kay as she battles loneliness while trying to survive in an abandoned, submerged city. Her feelings and fears have turned her into her own personal enemy and the only hope she has of getting back to normal is to get help from the monsters lurking around the city. 

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Sea of Solitude will be available on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

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This year has been a fantastic year for gaming. Both indie and AAA developers have pushed out some amazing games and, if conferences like E3 are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for gaming.

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Most of you will already know which AAA games you are most excited for in the coming year, but there are also some great indie games coming up, too!

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Join us as we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated games heading our way in 2019.

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Top 10 Most Badass Video Game Characters of All time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:40:44 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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Vergil

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Devil May Cry 3 (2005)
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Twin brother of the game's main protagonist and a highly skilled swordsman, Vergil's movement of his katana, Yamato, is so fast in Devil May Cry 3 that he can deflect incoming bullets with it and, just like his brother, he possesses the ability to transform into a demon form, further improving his speed and strength. These qualities make Vergil a formidable foe in the numerous encounters against him.

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This concludes the list. Do you agree with any of the entries? Who would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

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If you can't get enough of badass video game characters, then check out this follow-up list. And for more fun compilations such as this one, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Samus Aran

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Metroid (1986)
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A bounty hunter best known for providing one of the biggest surprises in gaming history, Metroid's Samus traverses a fictional universe, exploring uncharted planets and tracking down space-pirates. She uses a powerful arm-cannon as her primary weapon and can turn herself into a morph-ball to evade incoming attacks or reach otherwise inaccessible locations. Whenever she defeats a particularly powerful foe in combat, she is able to gain its ability or improve an existing one.

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Raziel

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
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Once a vampire and a lieutenant to the most powerful among them -- Kain -- Soul Reaver's Raziel is sent to his death after being considered too threatening to Kain's position in the hierarchy. Stripped of his flesh and aesthetics, Raziel is resurrected by an old god, and now, in a wraith form, his thirst for blood has been replaced by consumption of souls. He's determined to exact revenge on his former comrades and on Kain himself, claiming their powers as his own.

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Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider (1996)
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This young lady needs no introduction; Tomb Raider's Lara is one of the most recognizable characters in gaming. Known for her athleticism, smarts, and signature dual pistols, she has been raiding tombs, uncovering long-lost artifacts, and breaking men's hearts for over two decades. She is skilled at translating ancient scripts and activating complex contraptions, and during combat, she relies on dexterity and stealth rather than brute force.

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Kratos

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God of War (2005)
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While not exactly the most likable character, God of War's Kratos deserves a spot simply by being a Greek-god-killing machine. His biggest asset is his unquenchable anger, and the many weapons he uses act mostly as stress-balls for him -- something to grip tightly. Should he ever find himself disarmed, he will tear the opponent's head off with his bare hands, which he actually did with Helios'. For Kratos, it was just a normal Monday.

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Isaac Clarke

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Dead Space (2008)
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Not your typical superhero, Dead Space's Isaac Clarke is an engineer who, along with a small crew, finds himself stranded on a seemingly abandoned starship after following its distress signal. Initially armed with nothing but a plasma cutter and, quite possibly, the coolest-looking suit ever made, he must battle through hordes of Necromorphs and uncover the source of their origin, acquiring military-grade weaponry as he traverses the dismal halls of the ship.

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Ciri

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, or simply Ciri, is a carrier of powerful elder blood and, much like The Witcher 3's protagonist, Geralt, a trained witcher, which makes her a skilled sword fighter. She commands a unique blink ability, which allows her to teleport quickly around enemies and strike from behind. Due to her supernatural abilities, she is being pursued by The Wild Hunt, a group of elves whose intent is to take possession of her powers. Despite the odds, Ciri is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable adversaries, often all on her own.

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Auron

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Final Fantasy X (2001)
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An experienced warrior and a guardian to summoner Yuna, one of Final Fantasy X's protagonists, and formerly to her father. Auron carries an oversized katana in one hand and only unsheathes his other arm during combat to add more power behind each strike, which makes him command an intimidating presence even against the most formidable foes. The liquid in his flask, which is probably booze (definitely booze), is often used to ignite the katana for certain special attacks.

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Albert Wesker

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Resident Evil (1996)
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Killed by a tyrant whom he himself helped create, Resident Evil's Wesker survives thanks to a prototype virus circulating in his veins. As a result, he becomes the series' super-villain, possessing incredible speed and strength, and an even greater ego, the combination of which, apparently, allows him to catch incoming missiles with his hands. He never misses an opportunity to mock his opponents and is only willing to spend no more than seven minutes of his precious time to deal with them.

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Adam Jensen

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
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After being killed by members of a black ops team during an attack on the company he works for, Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Adam Jensen is brought back to life via advanced body augmentations (even though he didn't ask for it). Armed with resolve and powerful new tools at his disposal -- including various vision enhancements and the ability to turn himself invisible or punch people through walls -- he sets out to uncover the truth behind the attack and take revenge on the group that destroyed his life.

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(This is Part 1 of the compilation; for Part 2 follow this link)

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The world of games is saturated with varied characters. There are brave, cute, intelligent, strong characters, and then there are badasses -- characters who stand out, whether due to their physical or mental attributes, their manner of speech, or their unique appearance. Regardless, they usually don't require the assistance of others to succeed and can conquer hardships all by themselves, should the need arise. This list features 10 of the most suitable characters in the category, and it was assembled based on the following criteria:

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  • Only one character per franchise
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Each entry will contain the name of the character, the game they first appeared in and its release year, as well as a brief description. Click through to view the characters in alphabetical, not necessarily numerical, order.

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Disclaimer: The writer's opinions herein are his own and might not coincide with those of the other 7+ billion people living on Earth.

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10 Craziest, Most Insane Fortnite Kills https://www.gameskinny.com/o1y1q/10-craziest-most-insane-fortnite-kills https://www.gameskinny.com/o1y1q/10-craziest-most-insane-fortnite-kills Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:54:44 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

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Building Done Right

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Twitch streamer Lolhero shows he belongs among the best Fortnite players out there. In this clip, he 1 v 2's a duo with his impressive building skills alone. This is some of the highest-level Fortnite play you can get and requires a lot of quick thinking and precision.

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This GIF doesn't do justice to the full video; I highly suggest you watch that. 

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These clips prove why Fortnite is as popular as it is and why it will most likely continue to grow and become even better. I hope you're having a great time playing Fortnite. Let me know what your favorite Fortnite moments are in the comments down below, and don't forget to stay tuned to GameSkinny for even more Fortnite guides and information.

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Rocket Riding to Vikktory

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Massively popular Youtuber Vikkstar123 is trying out rocket riding with his squad. Near the end of the game, they spot three enemies on a hill. Within moments, Vikk gets launched towards them and completely annihilates his enemies, gaining a really satisfying triple kill. 

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What looked like the action of a madman got heavily rewarded in favor of Vikk and his team, proving once again that achieving something big requires you to take some risks.

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Lock 'Em Up

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When your resourses are limited, you need to be as efficient as possible with what you have. Twitch streamer Gingerpop does this by trapping a poor unarmed player and tossing a grenade at him, saving himself some valuable bullets. 

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Not only was this highly effective, but it's also hilarious to watch (although I can only feel for the player who got trapped and humiliated live on stream in front of hundreds of viewers).

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2 for 1

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Sometimes you've got to take a small hit to pull a big heist. Twitch streamer Shadoookietv proves the truth behind this saying in a hilarious manner.

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After getting downed by two enemies, Shadoookie crawls to safety with his spike trap as his only form of protection. One of the enemies tries to follow him and is inevitably impaled by the spikes. The teammate rushes over to his fallen ally and tries to finish off Shadoookie. He then proceeds to revive his teammate, not realizing one of his feet is still on the trap, finishing off both him and his ally.

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Am-Bush

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Sometimes hiding is your only option. It doesn't seem all that manly, but it surely can pay off, as YouTuber Chemicalgaming shows us. After letting a squad of three players pass him, he pops out of his hiding spot and sprays down his enemies while they are focused on his friend.

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These unfortunate players surely won't trust a virtual bush ever again, and maybe you shouldn't, either -- or this is what might be waiting for you as well.

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Using Traps the Right Way

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A lot of Fortnite players believe traps are weak and useless. Twitch streamer Alucotv shows us that this is not the case at all. He tactically places his trap underneath his unexpecting enemy and then proceeds to destroy the floor above him, making his enemy fall to a painful death.

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This clip shows us that traps can be very powerful when used the right way. Traps can also be really annoying when it comes to dying from them, and I may or may not be speaking from experience here.

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Just Like Dominos

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Not that long ago, Fortnite got an update that made all player-built structures that are not connected to the ground destroy themselves. However, a player in Twitch streamer Soapyfries' game doesn't seem to know this and learns about it the hard way. 

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Soapyfries destroys the first piece of this stairway to heaven and watches until his enemy drops to his death. From now on, this unfortunate player will definitely read through all the patch notes.

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Calculated

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This unknown player might have just proven school can be very useful when it comes to gaming by showing his knowledge of physics with this impressive kill.

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After jumping on some bouncy tires, he perfectly throws his grenade at his enemy, resulting in an exploding kill that leaves behind only a pile of loot. So maybe pay a little more attention to your teacher the next time they are explaining something. It might as well give you some valuable skills.

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Peek-a-boo!

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Taking a shot from an unexpected angle always works. Twitch streamer cdnthe3rd knows this particularly well. When he spots his enemy, he takes a very quick sniper shot through a crack in the roof, leaving his poor opponent wondering what the heck just happened.

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This clip proves that even when you think you're safe in Fortnite, you might not be as well protected as you thought. So stay on your toes at all times, and check your roof every now and then -- it might be in need of repair.

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Jumping In!

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Twitch streamer Stormen finds two people duking it out on the Fatal Fields. Instead of letting them kill each other, he decides to literally jump in and takes out both players with some spectacularity along the way.

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Stormen went in at high speed and came out of the fight with two eliminations to his name. This is a great example of showing us how creativity in gaming can be rewarded by some of the best moments you'll experience in gaming, either live on stream or in-game.

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Fortnite is definitely on the unique side of things when it comes to Battle Royale games. The game has some awesome mechanics that, if utilized well, can be both deadly and hilarious to look at.

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Fortnite requires quick thinking and creativity if you want to become one of the best. The possibilities seem endless, and that's exactly what makes this game so popular to both play and watch.

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Read on for 10 awesome Fortnite moments that perfectly showcase what this game has to offer when you use its mechanics to their fullest extent and why it's as popular as it is.

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Best Indie Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6p6/best-indie-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6p6/best-indie-games-of-2017 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:33:01 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

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So here we are with my indie games of the year. Now, let me tell you that this year has seen a lot of game releases. These are but a few within that grand ocean. Also, there's nothing wrong with liking triple-A titles, but I feel that if you stick to them alone, you'll miss some real gems in the world of gaming.

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Do you agree with this list? Do you not agree with this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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1. Danmaku Unlimited 3

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So here we are: The number-one indie title is Danmaku Unlimited 3. Now, this isn't the only shmup mentioned on this list. It is, however, the best, based upon how pure it is. This game is one of the best-designed indie titles and examples of its genre.

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The game takes place across five stages where you'll shoot down a large number of ships. The title features the smoothest of controls. There's a variety of difficulty modes to appease everyone of every skill level. The sprite work of your ship, enemies, bosses, and the stages themselves is highly detailed. Boss battles are nerve racking and demand your best. You can literally play this forever because you have your high score -- and the world's -- to beat.

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The game features an amazing rock soundtrack. I could mention more, but it bears mentioning that this was made by one person. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is available for PC, Android, and iOS.

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2. Drifting Lands

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Is there such a thing as an RPG shmup? If one doesn't exist formally, I would like to present Drifting Lands. Drifting Lands is a title based upon a distant future and a new age of exploration. You are a pilot tasked with protecting a caravan through both known and unknown space.

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Here, you'll find a fully fleshed-out narrative based upon the perils of futuristic exploration. You'll have a choice to use one of three ships; each focuses on a particular play style to suit any player.

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Now, your performance is based on your ship's equipment as well as your skillset. Of course, this is all well and good, but you still have to survive bullet hell and blow up thousands to progress your story. Did I mention that the soundtrack couldn't be any better?

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3. Cuphead

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Retro-inspired games aren't dead, friends. In fact, the best place to find them is on the indie market. To that end, we have Cuphead, a game inspired by the animation of the 1930s and mostly old-time jazz music.

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The game is also a callback to old-time games like Gunstar Heroes and Contra. Stages are pretty unforgiving, and bosses are ruthless. It's rewardingly difficult and a must-play for hardcore fans. More importantly, it's great to see a title that is so old-school in design be appreciated as this has. Cuphead is available for Xbox One and PC.

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4. Battle Chef Brigade

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 An indie title that was slow cooking for years. The wait, however, was worth it. Battle Chef Brigade is a mix of genres that come together beautifully. It's part adventure, puzzle, RPG, and cooking game. 

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What is most enjoyable about the game is the wealth of battle options. Well, I mean to say cooking battle options. You can focus on a variety of tactics, each with its own strength and weakness. It's great to know you can serve up defeat to a foe any way you see fit.

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The title is presented as an episodic story of a young lady becoming a battle chef. The game's difficulty/story escalates naturally as the cooking competitions get higher stakes. Also, the cast of characters is so endearing and helps flesh out the story so well that you want everyone to have screentime. Battle Chef Brigade is available on PC and Nintendo Switch.

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5. Nighthaw-X3000

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Nighthaw-X3000 is, at its simplest, a shmup -- a shmup that is very much inspired by the 1980s. Much like that time period, the game is very set in its particular aesthetics.

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You play as a reluctant pilot facing court-martial. Why? Well, aliens have invaded Earth and are threatening his downtime with liquor, so he's all too eager to risk losing his job to save the booze, er, the planet. 

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The game features stages and visuals you'd swear were ripped from ads. Stages are pastel-colored, and the game's music sounds like it belongs in Miami Vice. 

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You can collect power-ups to help you reach a new high score and stand a better chance. Also, did I mention that the soundtrack is awesome? Nighthaw-X3000 is available for PC.

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6. Beat The Game 

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Beat The Game is perhaps one of the weirdest games I played all year. A music producer find himself in a strange alternate world after a small bike accident. What follows is a bit hard to describe.

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Beat, essentially, is the video game form of what it's like to make a song. What does that mean? Well, an artist will often find the sounds he/she needs from interacting with the world at large. So, Beat will find tunes and songs from objects and people you bump into. Each discovery is meaningful and quite strange.

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Ultimately, you are tasked with putting on a performance with the sounds you've collected within the surreal sandbox. Beat is a journey all fans of music should experience. Beat The Game is available for iOS and Android.

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7. Toukiden 2

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If you've never played a monster hunting title, you're missing out on quite the experience, and there's no better place to start than with Toukiden 2.

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Your current circumstances ask that you help defeat demons to keep the land safe. Your quest isn't a lonely one, as you'll be joined by some very colorful characters.

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You also have an array of weapons you can us to fight. Do you like big swords? Or maybe you want to punch things out with gauntlets? Whatever you like, you'll find them available. 

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You'll find yourself regularly in strange lands and up against some larger-than-life enemies. You'll be driven by a narrative that'll continue to ask you why you and the demons are there. Toukiden 2 is available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and PC.

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8. Gundam Versus

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Gundam Versus exists in a weird place. The franchise is popular, anime-wise; the games, however, aren't that popular here in the West. So with the release of this title, we have a game that celebrates the franchise's history and gives people robot-on-robot action.

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Each unit plays differently and has their own set of abilities. Players can play a robust campaign and take part in online multiplayer matches with other players. The game may not blow you away, but it'll give you a competent robot-based action game. Gundam Versus is available on the PlayStation 4.

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9. Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap

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In my honest opinion, Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap may be the best JRPG you'll find on mobile released this year. It's a spiritual successor to Secret of Mana in all but name. So what that means is that it plays and feels like a classic.

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The game is ridiculously cute and bright. It features a simple format; you'll explore stages and slowly expand the world. In battle, you'll fight off wild monsters with swords, magic, and/or whimsical spirits -- all while discovering the mysteries of the world. 

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As a mobile game, you'll be rewarded with bonuses for playing daily. The game has a very cute and heartwarming story to boot. Egglia is available for iOS and Android.

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10. Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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In a year where we've seen many RPGs, I found Battle Chasers: Nightwar to be pretty unique, which is saying a lot since RPGs tend to be more than a little homogeneous. 

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Battle Chasers, in a nutshell, was built with modern sensibilities. It allows you to save anywhere. You can also tackle dungeons at higher difficulties for better treasure. These are but a few of the reasons why it stands out.  

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The gameplay is challenging and in-depth to the point where you have to always plan accordingly. The title also features a unique story penned by the same man behind the comic series upon which it's based.

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2017 has been a pretty good year for games. There's no denying that fact. There's so many games that release within a year that it's hard to keep up -- I can barely keep up myself. With all there is to offer, triple-A titles take up the limelight, understandably. 

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Now, I'm not saying the big-name stuff is bad. I'm just a fan of the little-known guys, so it's no secret that here at GameSkinny, I'm an indie/niche game aficionado. I feel that particular landscape tends to cover the path less traveled creatively. So to that end, here's my top ten list of indie/niche titles you shouldn't miss out on.

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7 Best Platformers From the Last Year That You Haven't Heard Of https://www.gameskinny.com/wigc6/7-best-platformers-from-the-last-year-that-you-havent-heard-of https://www.gameskinny.com/wigc6/7-best-platformers-from-the-last-year-that-you-havent-heard-of Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:44:44 -0500 Bryant Pereira

The indie game revolution revived genres of games that were beginning to lose their mass appeal -- namely platformers. With the popularity of Steam and digital downloads on consoles, platformer games started releasing in huge numbers again. The genre stopped being dominated by names like Nintendo and fans embraced the creativity of smaller studios.

Last year was no different, with some of the best platformers of the decade releasing. It doesn’t take much digging to find out about the hottest titles like Inside and Super Mario Run, but if you’re jumping for joy at the idea of playing some of the best platformers of 2016, look no more.

Headlander

Headlander is easily the most unconventional game on this list. It jumbles Metroid with old school sci-fi movies like Alien and puts you in control of a floating head. Yes, a platformer game where you don’t necessarily jump everywhere, but you fly through the levels in order to take control of robot bodies to make your own.

The theme in Headlander is unique, and under the creative umbrella of Double Fine and Adult Swim, this comes to no surprise. Robot enemies and NPC’s are former humans who uploaded their consciousness’ into what is called the Pleasure Dome. I’ll let your imagination figure the rest of that out.

The gameplay in Headlander is completely new yet familiar at the same time. Bodies are essentially different weapons, and you can upgrade your helmet in different ways like in other Metroidvania games. You can infinitely fly throughout the levels but must collide into enemies to decapitate them and take their bodies. The game mixes aesthetic, humor, and fun gameplay to make a remarkable experience.

Candle

Teku Studios from Spain wanted to make an impact on the indie scene with their debut game. Candle is a slow-paced, stealthy platformer.  Named after the studio, the story follows a young man named Teku who is on a quest to save his shaman apprentice. The soothing narration along with the beautiful hand-drawn watercolor graphics make the entire game feel like you're in a living painting.

Teku is not a speedy or powerful protagonist like in many other platformers. He instead focuses on stealth elements to combat enemies along with using his trusty candle. Teku uses his candle to illuminate new areas or overcome challenges, but the flames do not last forever. Sources of light must be uncovered and used, and sometimes the candle must be blown out in order to advance.

Candle's unique gameplay and alluring visuals are accompanied by a distinctive Spanish theme. The indigenous culture is apparent in the towns and characters and they blend excellently with the international style music. Candle is a relatively obscure game, with most of its reviews coming from foreign critics and websites. There may not be a lot of press coverage out there for Candle, but it is definitely a game to keep an eye out for.

Bound

Jumping on the success of games like Journey and The Unfinished Swan, Bound immerses us into a narrative that’s more about the atmosphere and art than gameplay. The protagonist sways through levels gracefully dancing from platform to platform. The controls are simple and the enemies do not pose a significant threat, but the world of Bound is a story of its own.

Interpretation is key in dance and in Bound. The game uses its mechanics to key players in on what is actually happening, leaving much of the story up to the player’s interpretation. The main plot is similar to a basic fairy tale, but the undertones and environment tell a story of their own of a woman who imagined a whole new world to better understand her own.

Bound's colorful landscape, majestic movement, and unique alternate paths keep players eyes glued to the screen and immersed in the beautiful world. The gameplay could use some more variety, and the dances themselves could have some more impact in the game, but Bound does an excellent job of promoting the fusion of art and games.

BoxBoxBoy

A tiny gem in a sea of AAA titles and 3D games, BoxBoxBoy combines simplicity with a quirky theme to make one of the best downloadable 3DS games. Brought to life from the creators of Kirby and Super Smash Bros., BoxBoxBoy follows the tale of our adorable box-shaped hero, Qbby in his second adventure.

Qbby uses his abilities to create boxes out of his body in order to press switches, build platforms, and block laser beams in order to reach his destination. Following the formula of the original BoxBoy, the sequel takes the only logical route -- add more boxes.

With two sets of boxes, the complexity and variety of puzzles increase exponentially. The game also enlists a limit to how many boxes you can use in order to collect the elusive crowns in the game. Each level presents challenges that are not made for trial and error, but rather solved through planned out strategies. BoxBoxBoy offers a number of different costumes you can dress Qbby in and also has a number of challenging post-game levels. For less than 5 bucks, BoxBoxBoy is a must-have on the 3DS.

Salt and Sanctuary

Commonly referred to as the 2D Dark Souls, Salt and Sanctuary is no ordinary platformer. The influence is immediately recognizable and the harsh gameplay it dishes out is just as hard as its seminal games’. Players take control of a hero who must roll to dodge enemies, memorize attack patterns, and die over and over again in order to make any progress.

The customization in Salt and Sanctuary is through the roof. Ska Studios boasts over 600 weapons, armor, spells, and items -- many of which can be crafted and upgraded. However, the game starts you off with essentially nothing, forcing players to patiently work for that big number. The game never explicitly directs you to your destination or has an overarching storyline. Everything is learned through gameplay and lore scattered throughout items and the sparse NPCs the game has to offer.

Although the game borrows heavily from the Souls series and JRPG leveling systems, the game plays very much like a Metroidvania game. Aside from fighting, there are some challenging platforming sections that are inaccessible until certain moves are learned. Revisiting areas to find weapons and fight more enemies is a common occurrence.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Reminiscent of old-school 90’s platformers and cartoons, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s vibrant graphics and funky soundtrack give the impression of an HD Sega Genesis game. The traditional side-scrolling levels are quick and full of explorable areas that are chock-full of collectibles to find. The musical direction is apparent the entire game, as Shantae dances to transform into different animals. Each animal enables different abilities Shantae can use to access different areas within levels and traverse over areas.

The game has a central town where you can purchase items, talk to NPCs, and most importantly, take on side missions that reward Shantae with new animal transformations. Outside of the town is a pulsating world of steaming deserts, riddled pirate ships, and tranquil temples. The cheery music and brightly colored hand-drawn art are a pleasure throughout the whole game.

Similar to Kirby games, Half-Genie Hero is not a difficult game in terms of defeating enemies. The monsters throughout the game won’t have patterned attacks like in Salt and Sanctuary and will more than likely walk back and forth and sprint towards you when startled. The real fun in the game is the experimentation of abilities, exploration of the beautiful levels, and the cleverly designed boss fights.

Owlboy

This list is for the best platformers you haven’t heard of yet, and although Owlboy is gushed over by critics everywhere, its long development cycle may have put it under the radar for many. Developed over 8 years, Owlboy is an old-school platformer for the new age of games. The pixel art is as perfect as any can get. Everything from the subtle movements of characters to the distinctly detailed design immediately draws attention to the game.

The presentation alone is enough to suck players in, but what really keeps them in is the gameplay. Owlboy’s main character Otus is extremely limited by himself as he can only roll, spin, and fly. However, Otus teams up with his friends to form differing ways to fight enemies. Defeating enemies creatively is rewarded with treasure, and Otus’ unique friends make every level feel fresh and new.

Everything from the level design to the music, to the sob-inducing story, is top notch. Don’t just take my word for it, though, look online at the raving reviews, or check it out for yourself to get engrossed in a real work of art.

Last year proved to be a quite the year for platformers, and 2017 is promising to be equally as good. Before starting a new adventure in anticipated games like Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey, jump into one of last years best platformers to hold you over.

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10 Best Reviewed Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofkn2/10-best-reviewed-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofkn2/10-best-reviewed-games-of-2016 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:40:28 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have it! 2016 is officially in the rear view mirror and, after a list like that, we can agree it was a heck of a year.

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From blazing the trail in Madagascar with Nathan Drake, to building your own world in Stardew Valley -- with a few sausages in between -- 2016 offered up some pretty amazing experiences.

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If nothing else, this list proves the sheer diversity in video games these days, what with a racing game, two sports titles, a VR experience, and several indie games. There really is something for everyone on this list and that's representative of gaming as a whole these days. We're spoiled with variety like no other time in history and maybe we should remember that the next time we get mad about Assassin's Creed's next location, or Death Stranding being many years away.

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We gamers like to gripe about the little things sometimes, but every now and then it's nice to sit back and take a look at the truly amazing adventures we partake in. Developers spend hundreds, thousands, of hours toiling away on some of these titles and they deserve our thanks every now and then. So hop on to Twitter and send a nice word the way of Naughty Dog, or Playdead, or Increpare. Of course, before you do that you should let us know what your favourite game of 2016 was! And, as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Metacritic Score: 93 (User Score: 7.9)
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Ahhh Naughty Dog, the unquestionable rulers and masters of the video game universe. Colin Moriarty of Kinda Funny often says that Naughty Dog operates on a level that no other developer even comes close to, and I'm inclined to agree.

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The Uncharted series is among the very finest in all of video games, with 2 and 3 being both genuine masterpieces (and the original no slouch either). Then came The Last of Us which, for all of Uncharted's plaudits and achievements, cemented Naughty Dog as a step above everyone else in every way. The Last of Us is one of the greatest pieces of art and storytelling ever, in video games, movies, TV, whatever. It's that good.

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So with Naughty Dog returning to Uncharted, and calling it Nathan Drake's last adventure, it's fair to say expectations were high. Well, Naughty Dog proved to everyone once again, that pressure and expectations mean little when you have a story to tell and the chops to make it good. And that it the biggest difference between Naughty Dog and many other developers, they don't just make a video game for the sake of it, they tell stories with compelling characters, the finest dialogue around, unparalleled graphics, and awe-inspiring set-pieces.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End had all of those elements and more. Naughty Dog presented us with a more mature Uncharted; one we weren't sure we wanted but made total sense when we played it. Gunfights were scaled back in lieu of more exploration, driving sequences, and environmental storytelling. It was the perfect marriage of Uncharted and The Last of Us.

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Nathan Drake's final adventure was a thrilling, emotional journey that cemented him, and Uncharted, as gaming royalty. I don't believe we've seen the end of Uncharted but, for now, Nathan Drake bows out on the highest of high notes. What more can be said about another masterpiece from the best developer in the industry? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was the very best game of 2016, bar none.

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2. Inside

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Metacritic Score: 92 (User Score:7.9)
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We waited 6 years for the next game from Limbo developer, Playdead, and boy was it worth the wait.

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It can be very hard for a game to live-up to the expectations of a wait like that, especially an indie game because they are smaller games that tend to only last an hour or two, so that makes it even more impressive when they exceed those expectations. Inside did just that.

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Receiving absolute critical acclaim, Inside evolved the formula of Limbo and, some would say, perfected the puzzle platformer. The visuals were perfectly artsy, the animations were highly-impressive, clever puzzles, and the story intriguing and just the right amount of vague. Some could argue that the puzzles in the game left a little to be desired but they weren't the focus of the game, Inside is about narrative, and the tale it weaves will leave you reeling for some time.

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4. Out of the Park Baseball '17

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Metacritic Score: 92 (User Score: 3.2)
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Just like last year, Out of the Park Baseball '17, ahem, knocks it out of the park and scores high on the year's best list.

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Simply put, OOTP Baseball series is the go-to game if you want a baseball simulator. I mean, just look at the amount of information on screen (as seen above). The game puts you in the shoes of a baseball GM and tasks you with rising through the ranks, managing finances, trading/scouting, negotiating contracts, and all the standard GM mode affairs. However it's the insane amount of depth that OOTP '17 really shows-off.

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For example, you can play as any team, from the major league to the minor league... or any team from the past 150 years. Yep, any baseball team in the frickin' history of the sport. The game doesn't feature any new modes worth mentioning, so unless you were a huge fan, you could stick with '16 and be fine. But for the hardcore fans out there, OOTP Baseball '17 is yet another entry in the finest sports sim around.

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4. Forza Horizon 3

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Metacritic Score: 91 (User Score: 7.4)
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Every year Microsoft releases a new Forza game, be it Motorsport or Horizon, developed by Turn 10 or Playground Games, respectively. And with every passing year, Forza has slowly but surely replaced Gran Turismo as the King of the racing genre -- on consoles anyway.

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Forza Horizon 3 is the latest instalment in this amazing franchise, and it genuinely took the series to new heights. Horizon is the more open of the two series', allowing players to drive a variety of vehicles and race in wide open environments. This time around, the fast-action was taken down under to the land of Australia where players got to race in beautiful, exotic locales.

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The sheer breadth of activities, tracks and vehicles gives the game a ton of replay value but really the fun gameplay and stunning visuals are the real reason to go on this trip. Playground Games reminds us that driving games can be simply fun for those who aren't masters of the genre. You're up Turn 10, let's see what 2017 brings.

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5. Overwatch

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Metacritic Score: 91 (User Score: 6.8)
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I think we all know what Overwatch is; a stylised team-based shooter from Blizzard. And we all know that it's pretty much unrivalled in the genre.

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2016 was looking to be the year of the "hero-shooters," what with Battleborn, Paragon, and Overwatch duking it out for the crown. Now, at the start of 2017, I think we can all safely say that Overwatch wiped the floor with its competitors.

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Featuring fantastic characters, slick visuals, and an addictive one-more-match mentality, Overwatch set itself apart from the other hero-shooters. Sure those games tried the same thing but they lacked that special Blizzard-level of polish and swagger. Overwatch is as good as it gets right now on the competitive multiplayer scene, and was voted game of the year by many an outlet.

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6. Stardew Valley

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 7.5)
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You would have to have been living under a rock to not have heard of Stardew Valley. Releasing in February of 2016, Stardew Valley slowly spread like a forest-fire via word of mouth. The groundswell around this little title was reminiscent of Undertale last year.

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What seems like a fairly innocuous farming simulator with charming graphics, Stardew Valley repeatedly peels back layer-after-layer of story and new gameplay elements. Like a cross between Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, this game created solely by Eric Barone, is a heartwarming life-simulator that threatens to eat-up hundreds of hours of your life.

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7. NBA 2K17

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 6.0)
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Sometime in the past 5-6 years, 2K's NBA series snatched the crown of the best sports game and refuses to give it back. The series boasts unmatched graphics, career mode, commentary, and pure gameplay.

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The caveat with the NBA series is that it's far from easy to just pick-up and play. The controls for the game are deep and quite complicated, unlike EA's Fifa, and that can be a barrier to entry but for those who take the time, find incredibly diverse gameplay that offers many hours of replay value.

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The devil is in the details, as they say, and NBA is unrivalled. Every team plays exactly like their real-life counterparts, the crowd looks fantastic, guest-commentators keep things fresh, and many new and tweaked gameplay modes, are the reason NBA 2K17 retains the crown of best sports game.

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8. Stephen's Sausage Roll

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 5.6)
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Let me guess, you haven't even heard of this one. Well don't feel bad, neither had I. Stephen's Sausage Roll was definitely not a title I expected to come across in the Metacritic best games of 2016 list, and yet here it is.

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The gist is; you roll a sausage around a map until you reach the cooking area, and attempt to keep it there, without burning it, until done. Pretty straightforward stuff but if you've played, or watched, I Am Bread or Surgeon Simulator, you'll know it's anything but. The game gives you little in the way of instructions and forces you to figure certain things out on your own, a nice breath of fresh air in the days of over-complicated tutorials.

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The ingenuity of the level design and the way the game teaches you things without you even realising are where this game succeeds most. It's a difficult game, but not an unfair one, and you'll be shocked by how very long it is. The game costs $30, which may sound a little much, but there is dozens of hours of content and the game consistently reveals new things and upends your expectations. It was a surprise that Stephen's Sausage Roll made this list but the real surprise is just how damn good it is.

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9. Dark Souls III

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Metacritic Score: 89 (User Score: 8.6)
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Dark Souls was born from the ashes of Demon Souls -- a game that Sony had exclusive rights to but didn't see any potential in -- and what a spiritual successor it turned out to be. I for one would have considered the art of being relentlessly killed to turn many gamers off, but apparently we are gluttons for punishment. Dark Souls was a big success, then Dark Souls II released to less fanfare. Soon thereafter, Sony, releasing the error of its ways, rekindled its relationship with the studio to make Bloodborne. The PS4-exclusive was another huge hit and proved that lightning could strike twice.

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Which brings us to Dark Souls III. Once again rising from the ashes, the From Software team resurrected the series from the limp corpse of Dark Souls II, added what they learned from Bloodborne, and created their finest adventure into madness yet.

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Dark Souls III is a masterclass is world design, boss battles, visuals, and character progression. Sure the frame rate can wobble here and there, and the difficulty spikes are egregious, but those are two small complaints in what is a fantastic game. From Software, and creator Miyazaki, say that Dark Souls III is the end of the series -- although we will get more Bloodborne -- thus the series leaves us the way it came in; with a mighty punch in the face.

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10. Rez: Infinite

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Metacritic Score: 89 (User Score: 7.2)
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Here we have the only VR game that makes the top 10 list. Rez: Infinite almost didn't make the list however because it is technically a revamped version of the PS2 game, Rez. However Infinite is a significantly improved and changed version of the game that's more than just a remaster.

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Rez is an on-rails shooter that pits you as an AI in a computer system, with humans as the enemy injecting viruses into the system to destroy you. Making use of a lock-on mechanic and bombs, you blast your way through many levels of electronica-infused colour spasms that threaten to induce you in a coma.

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Indeed Rez: Infinite is an experience like few others; don't get me wrong, many have tried but none have succeeded. Somehow the Rez formula still holds up to this day and just so happens to find new life inside a PSVR helmet.

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It's January 2017 and that means it's that time of year when we all get nostalgic for the year that was. We like to take a look back and remember what we played, list our favourite games of the year, and even have a chuckle at the very worst the year had to offer.

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So that brings us to the very best 2016 had to offer. It's fair to say a lot of people left 2016 feeling a little disappointed -- at least on the AAA front -- especially when you glance back at the star-studded 2015. However, once you dig a little deeper and look past the Mirror's Edge's, Mafia 3's, and No Man's Sky's, you'll find a lot of great titles that surpassed expectations, or came out of nowhere to blow us away!

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Before we dive in to this list of greatness, the games are listed by their Metacritic score. Several games scored the same average, and are therefore ordered by their user score. There is no bias on this list, it's all based on the compiled reviews of critics, but don't be afraid to jump into the comments and let us know what your favourite games of 2016 were!

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Injustice 2: 10 Obscure Characters Who Should Be Playable https://www.gameskinny.com/lcu45/injustice-2-10-obscure-characters-who-should-be-playable https://www.gameskinny.com/lcu45/injustice-2-10-obscure-characters-who-should-be-playable Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Unclepulky

Since the announcement of Injustice 2, people have been making lists of DC characters they'd most like to see playable in the game. Some of the most common characters on these lists are: Red Hood, Beast Boy, Firestorm, Starfire, and Captain Cold.

What do all of these characters have in common? Well, they're all well known by mainstream audiences. True, the average person on the street may not have heard of them, but anyone who follows comic book related material knows all about them.

As a life long comic book nerd, I'm tired of seeing nothing but popular characters dominate these lists. That's why, here, we'll be looking at the Top Ten Obscure Characters Who Should Be Playable in Injustice 2.

10. Danny the Street

Starting off, we have perhaps the most obscure character on this list.

In case the name and image didn't tip you off, Danny is literally a living street. A long-time member of the Doom Patrol, Danny's personality is fantastic. He's friendly, hyper flamboyant, and although it's very hard to make him angry, when he does get mad, his wrath is massive.

Now at this point, you're probably wondering, "Unclepulky, you handsome, comic book genius, how could a street be playable in a fighting game?"

Well, Danny has the ability to teleport, along the power to transfer his consciousness to a brick, an island, and an alley. Also, at one point, he was able to become the Earth itself.

The way I see it, Danny could be playable in a mode similar to the one in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 where you play as Galactus. You'd control the environment on a random stage, and attempt to beat an AI controlled fighter. It might be difficult to implement, but I think it could work great.

9. Elongated Man (Ralph Dibney)

Batman can eat his heart out, because the world's true greatest detective is Ralph Dibney: The Elongated Man.

A long-time member of the Justice League, and a founder of Justice League Europe, Ralph got the power of super elasticity after drinking extract of gingo fruit. He is skilled in combat due to all his experience, his expertise is solving mysteries, usually alongside his wife, Sue.

Having a character who stretches in a fighting game isn't difficult. In fact, since characters in Injustice are already more brutal than their comic counterparts, we could very easily have Ralph fighting like Monkey D. Luffy from early One Piece fighting games.

While Plastic Man would be most people's pick for a stretchy fighter, I'd go with the Elongated Man any day.

8. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)

Yes, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle is already confirmed to be in the game. However, there have been three Blue Beetle's over the course of the character's history. And while this spot could easily go to the archeologist with inconsistent powers, Dan Garret, I'm going with my personal favorite Blue Beetle, the genius goofball, Ted Kord.

A technical genius and a founding member of Justice League International, Ted is known in the hero community for being the class clown among them, and for "potentially" being smarter than Batman. Why did I put "potentially" in quotes? Because even though that's what the characters say, I believe without a doubt that he's smarter than Batman.

With an acrobatic fighting style, and gizmos like a sonic gun, his fighting style could be very Spiderman like, while still having its own spin. And, of course, I can't think of a better ultimate move than for Ted to call in his best friend Booster Gold to help deliver the final blow.

7. Starman (Jack Knight)

Like Blue Beetle, several people have held the mantle of Starman. However, none did the name more justice than Jack Knight.

The second son of the original Starman, Ted Knight, and a member of the Justice Society of America, Jack became a hero after his older brother, who was the Starman before him, was killed in action.

While some proficient in martial arts, that's not where Jack's true power lies. Wielding the Cosmic Rod, Jack can fly, shoot and absorb energy.

With this combination of abilities, Jack could potentially play similar to Lucario from Super Smash Bros. The lower his health bar gets, the more powerful his melee attacks and energy blasts would get. And, speaking of Super Smash Bros., Jack's ultimate attack could resemble Mega Man's final smash, and he could call in all the other Starmen to deliver a massive blast.

6. Fire and Ice (Beatriz da Costa and Tora Olafsdotter)

That's right! These characters are almost always seen together, so it seems fitting for them to share an entry.

Originally members of the Global Guardians, Fire and Ice later joined the Justice League International. These two are best friends, and while the love of Ice's life is and always will be Guy Gardner, there's also strong romantic subtext in their relationship. This could provide some fun interactions between the two.

While Beatriz is an extroverted former model, Tora is an introverted ice goddess. These natures are reflected by their powers, which, as you'd expect, are the ability to generate fire and the ability to generate ice respectively.

I shouldn't even have to explain what the movesets of these characters could be. Any developer worth his salt should be able to come up with fire and ice based characters.

5. Mera

Everyone knows who Aquaman is. Whether or not they know him for being one of the greatest heroes in all of comics, even better than Batman, or for being the butt of jokes is a different story, but he's not who I'm talking about here.

Aquaman's wife, Mera of Xebel, is arguably even more of awesome than her husband.

Short tempered and serious minded, Mera is almost as strong as her husband, and through her ability to control water, is even more powerful. Naturally, she can do things like summon waves and create hard-water objects, the ability that makes just a wee bit overpowered is her ability to dehydrate people just by looking at them.

I can see her ultimate now: Filled with rage, she raises her arm, and we slowly see all of the fluid in her enemy get drained away until they're nothing but dust.

4. Catman (Thomas Blake)

Originally nothing but a minor Batman villain, as a member of the Secret Six, Thomas Blake has become a much more rich and nuanced character than Bruce Wayne could ever hope to be.

The world's greatest tracker, Catman is an absolutely brutal fighter, deadly in hand to hand combat, and thanks to his claws, very few of his fights end without blood flying.

When he gets angry, he goes completely feral. This could be integrated into his play style in that when he drops down to half of his health, he could start fighting on all fours. His attacks would get stronger, but he'd lose the ability to block.

Also, Deadshot is in the game. And in the comics, those two have a hilarious relationship/rivalry, which could lead to a plethora of funny interactions.

3. Ragdoll (Peter Merkel Jr.)

Two Secret Six members in a row? Works for me!

Ragdoll, AKA Peter Merkel Jr., is one of DC's least child friendly characters of all time. Lets count the ways: His dad was a sociopathic cult leader, he had an incestuous relationship with his criminally insane sister, his genitalia has been surgically removed, and any attempt to fight him will more than likely result in one or more of your limbs being removed.

Truly demented, Ragdoll had all of his joints removed and replaced with fully-rotating, self-lubricating, prosthetics. As a result, his flexibility in unmatched by anyone's.

Ragdoll could potentially be a top-tier fighter, with a heavy focus on combos. He could jump all over and around his opponent, pulling off some absolutely brutal maneuvers.

2. Orphan (Cassandra Cain)

MY FAVORITE SUPERHERO OF ALL TIME!!!

I love this girl. And I have no qualms about saying that she's one of my all time favorite fictional characters, and is the character most worthy of taking on the mantle of Batman.

And even though Barbara Gordon is unfortunately most likely going to be in the game as Batgirl, Cassandra has held more positions than just Batgirl, including her current alias, Orphan.

Caring, determined, friendly, Cassandra has both one of the most compelling backstories in comics, having been raised by the assassin David Cain to be the ultimate warrior, but never speaking to her.

Because of this, Cass learned to speak in the language of violence, able to understand people just by how they moved, and able to predict people's moves before they made them.

Despite her father's intentions for her to become a killer, Cassandra has a hatred for murder, and, save for when she's written poorly, would always rather die than take a life herself.

Cassandra Cain is the greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, and as such, her play style would be all about hand-to-hand combat. Like Ragdoll, she'd be all about the combos.

1. The Legion of Superheroes (Any of Them)

Injustice is meant to be the definitive DC fighting game. And frankly, it just wouldn't seem right if no members of one of DC's oldest teams made it into Injustice 2. 

The Legion, made up of teenagers from the 30th Century, has had over 100 members throughout its almost 60 year history. So, as a rapid fire list, here are my Top Ten Legionaries I Want in Injustice 2. 

10. Andromeda: A xenophobic terrorist with all the powers of Superman, she went on to redeem herself, becoming a space nun.

9. Umbra: With a bitchy attitude and the ability to control and manipulate darkness, the guardian of Talok VIII would make a great addition to the roster.

8. Leviathan: Head strong and rash, this boy with the ability to grow giant sized is one of the Legion's longest serving members, and also had one of the most tragic deaths during their 90's incarnation.

7. Chameleon: A Durlan spiritual leader with the power to shapeshift into literally anything, the possibilities for this character's move set are endless.

6. Bouncing Boy: One of DC's silliest characters, Chuck Taine beats his foes by bouncing on them. And what more is there to life than that? Well, love, I suppose. And in the first incarnation of the Legion, he went on to marry...

5. Triad: You thought playing as two characters at once as the Ice Climbers in Smash Bros was fun? With Luornu, you'd have to tackle playing as three girls at once.

4. Livewire: My favorite founding member of the Legion, Garth Ranzz can generate electricity, and if any Legionnaire gets included, it'll most likely be him.

3. Gates: An insectoid alien with firm Communist beliefs, Gates can... wait, I don't even need to say what his power is. That premise alone should be enough to sell you on his greatness!

2. Ferro: A boy with the power to turn himself into iron, Andrew Nolan, depending on which incarnation of the team you look at, is either one of the universe's greatest heroes, willingly sacrificing himself just a few issues after his introduction... or he's an adorable little cinnamon roll who you just want to hug.

And number one is:

1. Karate Kid: While Cassandra Cain may be the best martial artist in the 21st Century, in the future that title belongs to Val Armorr.

The Legion were my introduction to comics, and so, above all else, I hope that one of them gets into Injustice 2.

Which Characters Do You Want in Injustice 2? Do You Like Any of My Picks? Let Me Know in the Comments!

Aside: if you're wondering why I keep taking shots at Batman, the answer is simple: I'm petty and I hate him.

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Looking Ahead: My Top 10 Anticipated Games of (Probably) 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/esx9o/looking-ahead-my-top-10-anticipated-games-of-probably-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/esx9o/looking-ahead-my-top-10-anticipated-games-of-probably-2017 Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:11:02 -0500 Zach Long

Looking at the list of games coming out in 2017 has me very excited to say the least. It's stacking up to be a fantastic lineup of great stories and exciting gameplay to make this a great year for gaming. Here are my top 10 games that(should) be coming to a gaming platform near you in 2017.

10. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release Date: TBA 2017

Here's the thing about Legend of Zelda games, they're always good. I haven't completed as many of them as I should, but even I know that they are enjoyable when I do get my hands on them. With the dawning of the Nintendo Switch it should be interesting to have a fully open-world Zelda game, both in the living room and in my travels. This one is still a TBD 2017, but hey, with the Switch coming out in a few months, it can't be much farther off than that, right?

9. Sea of Thieves

Release Date: TBA 2017

Another release date that is TBA 2017, but looks like a lot of fun. I haven't always been a fan of pirates, but this one looks like a blast. Joining up with your friends in a custom pirate ship, working to become a legendary pirate against everyone else who wants the same thing. Not to mention, the ship combat looks really well done and like a lot of fun. I can't wait until this game drops, hopefully sooner rather than later.

8. For Honor

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

This one actually has a release date of February 14th. That means, instead of taking your significant other out for a great Valentine's Day date, you can get online and compete to be the best Viking, Samurai, or Knight that you can be. With visceral online combat and game types that are somewhere between team deathmatch and a full-on MOBA, it's looking to be a lot of fun. Hopefully there are more playable characters and enough differences in the characters to keep it from getting stale.

7. Persona 5

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

I played some Persona 4 a few years ago for the first time, and really enjoyed my short time with it. When I found out that it was coming out, I was immediately excited as it's been almost nine years since its predecessor came out. As long as this one keeps up the great story and fun combat, hopefully with a few more modern spins on the latter, then this one will hit my end of the year list high.

6. Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release Date: March 23rd, 2017

With the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3, Andromeda is set to bring people back into the brilliant world of the series, but with some new characters and races.

Moving away from Commander Shepard is a great move with how things went in the end. Having the wonderful story of BioWare's studio and gameplay that was nearly perfected in the last installment, this one will be filling up most of my free time come March 23rd.

5. Detroit: Become Human

Release Date: TBA 2017

I have to admit, I never did play Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream's latest game, but I enjoyed Heavy Rain so much I bought it twice and played through it four times. If the quick-time events can be improved for the modern-day gamer, and the story is anywhere close to Heavy Rain, and it's as varied as the trailer implies, then this one will have me playing through it time and again, hopefully starting sometime this year.

4. Horizon Zero Dawn

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

Coming out soon, February 28th, it looks like a magnificently developed world with a unique concept. Most post-apocalyptic games don't involve giant animal-robots that are out to get you. Add in being able to ride some of them and a quiver of arrows that make Green Arrow's arsenal look like a bag of rocks, and you get gameplay that will have me trying to ride every robo-dino that I can find.

3. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Release Date: TBA 2017

If you've ever played any Mount & Blade game then you should keep this one on your radar. With no official release date other than "2017", you'll want to find a way to track its movements so you can pounce as soon as it's out. It looks to improve every aspect of its predecessors. From improved combat, to even more ways to earn money and move up the ranks of the social ladder, to an improved map and a modernized user interface, I'm just sitting still until this one has a firm date, hopefully in 2017.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Release Date: TBA 2017

The cowboy game of all cowboy games is making its big return sometime in the fall of 2017. With the success of GTA V and GTA Online, Rockstar has a lot to live up to with the game to follow, not to mention Red Dead Redemption is probably my favorite game that they've ever made. Bring on more train robberies and old-west heists, and you've got me sold and plastered in front of my screen for Fall 2017.

1. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release Date: TBA 2017

A long time ago, I found this little game on Kickstarter where you are in an open-world RPG in medieval times, but without the fantasy -- it's a down and dirty medieval RPG. I was hooked from the first screenshots and the initial explanation from the lead designer Daniel Vavra. I Kickstarted and eventually got access to the very first Alpha.

The game has come a long way. The combat is spectacular and more brutal than any combat I've ever played. Once you get used to it, it's hard to go back to your standard swordplay. It is similar to For Honor, in that you pick the direction of your attack, only it's even more in-depth than that. The story seems to be coming along quite well and I cannot wait for its full release later this year.

Well, there you have it. These are the games that I'm looking forward to in 2017, hopefully. I'm sure I missed a few and maybe there'll be some surprises that launch out of nowhere and become sleeper hits, like there are most years.

What are your most anticipated games of 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/dbg94/top-11-xbox-games-we-want-on-mobile-devices-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/dbg94/top-11-xbox-games-we-want-on-mobile-devices-right-now Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 Unclepulky

While many decry the Xbox 360 and Xbox One as the worst consoles of their respective generations, it's impossible to deny the impact that the impact that the original Xbox had.

While many praise it simply for introducing Xbox Live and the Halo series, the truth is that the first Microsoft console brought in many gamers who'd stopping playing games after their childhood ended. And one way it did that was with an assortment of fantastic games.

While several of the console's best games, such as Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic have already gotten Mobile ports, there are tons of games that still need one.

These are the Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now.

11. MechAssault

One of the first games to utilize Xbox Live, MechAssault is actually a licensed game set in the BattleTech universe.

While most people usually dismiss licensed games as lazy cash-ins, this one clearly had a lot of time and care put into it. The lore from the dozens of books is integrated into the story, acting as a great environment to surround the player as they blow stuff up in their giant robot. 

With the ease that now comes with downloading books, I could very well see the game giving Mobile players the ability to download certain books based on what parts of the game's lore interest them.

MechAssault is a fantastic game... even if it isn't the best licensed game on this list.

10. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Another game famous for its utilization of Xbox Live, the biggest reason this game should be ported to Mobile devices is just how unique it would be.

As far as arcade style flight games go, Crimson Skies is very fun. However, rather than being set in modern times, this game is set in the 1930's, a setting usually ignored by game devs.

With pick up and play controls, an abundance of customization for your planes and weapons, and enjoyable single player and multiplayer modes, Crimson Skies would make a great addition to the Mobile market.

9. Shenmue II

The Shenmue series is beloved by many, and with Shenmue III finally becoming a reality, now is the perfect time to add the Shenmue games to the Mobile scene.

These games are cinematic adventures, with stories which resemble the classic genre of the "Revenge Epic," which is especially popular in Chinese culture.

Something I've noticed that people ignore when talking about Shenmue is the gameplay itself. And having recently played the games for myself I can see why. There are no other games like them.

And while it may be hard to describe, millions of others and I, can assure you that the series provides a good time.

8. Panzer Dragoon Orta

 The fourth and final game in what should have been a long running series, Panzer Dragoon Otra deserves another shot.

Despite the high quality of every Panzer Dragoon game, the series was thrown into anonymity by the fact that the first three games were released on the Sega Saturn. For those unaware, the Sega Saturn was absolutely destroyed in sales by both the Nintendo 64 and the original Playstation.

However, the series's swan song was released on the Xbox. While it didn't do much better in sales, Panzer Dragoon Otra was one of the best rail-shooters of all time.

Although unlikely, a Mobile port of the game could result in a revival of the series.

7. Phantasy Star Online, Episodes 1 & 2

Full Discretion: I've never played this game.

However, the sheer popularity and impact of this game cannot be ignored, and as such, its been placed on the list.

The history of the Phantasy Star series is a long and great one, going all the way back to 1987. However, at the turn of the century, the series went "Online" and the games under this label are some of the most popular things Sega has ever produced.

The plots are complicated, are on a massive scale, and if you're a fan of other JRPG stories, you'll likely enjoy these as well. Unlike other action RPGs, it is NOT an action game with RPG elements. Despite its real time, hack 'n' slash gameplay, this is most definitely a full RPG.

People love this game so much, that private servers were created, and lasted long after Sega shut the main servers down. I think it's safe to say that fans would love a new way to experience this adventure.

6.Jet Set Radio: Future

Yes, this game is just a re-imagining of the Dreamcast classic. And yes, there is already a very cheap and accessible port of this game on Steam. Do you know why I don't care?

Because Jet Set Radio: Future rocks!

The gameplay is simple but addictive, as you skate around levels, performing tricks and tagging areas with graffiti. The plot is also much grander than the original, and while I think a simple story works best for this series, it's well told.

However, the best thing about this game is the style. From the art-style to the soundtrack, everything is just so vibrant and colorful. Some have even compared the game's style to that of the 2007 DS exclusive, The World Ends with You.

And anything which reminds me of my favorite game of all time must be great.

5. Ninja Gaiden Black

I'm proud to say that along with other notoriously challenging games such as Battletoads and Mega Man, I have beaten the original NES Ninja Gaiden.

What I have NOT beaten is the 2004 reboot of the series, specifically the game's remake Ninja Gaiden Black.

Like the original, this game follows the ninja Ryu Hayabusa as he goes on a quest, this time to recover a stolen sword, and avenge his slaughtered clan. While the original was a tough as nails platformer, this game is an even tougher hack 'n' slash.

However, despite the difficulty, it's still a boat load of fun, and the satisfaction you get from finally conquering a level is a real high. With the rebooted series still going, Ninja Gaiden Black has a rather strong chance of getting a Mobile port, at least compared to the other games on the list.

 

4. The Simpsons: Hit & Run

While many praise the arcade game based off The Simpsons, and for good reason, this is what I believe to be the greatest game ever made with the Simpsons label on it.

While essentially a kid friendly Grand Theft Auto clone with a Simpsons paint job, that's far from a bad thing. With the ability to play as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and, for reasons only known to the creators, Apu, to drive around in an abundance of vehicles seen in the TV show, and to explore all of Springfield, this game has both solid gameplay and TONS of fan service.

Most importantly, this game is funny. If you're like me and you think the TV show hasn't been good since season nine, you'll be delighted to find that this game provides humor reminiscent of those early seasons. 

If any licensed game from the Xbox were to get a Mobile port, I'd want it to be this one.

3. Psychonauts

 Like Jet Set Radio: Future, this game is very cheap and accessible on Steam. However, also like JSR: F, I don't care because the idea of being able to play Psychonauts on the go is a very pleasant one.

From Grim Fandango to Brutal Legend, Tim Schafer's games are all masterpieces, and Psychonauts is no exception.

While the gameplay alone provides a fun experience, the setting, characters, and challenges you face are all unmatched in weirdness and imagination. And those who've read my articles before know my love for the strange and surreal.

Psychonauts 2 is coming in 2018, and it'd be great to see a Mobile port of the original before that happens. 

2. Beyond Good and Evil

Ah, Beyond Good and Evil.

Much like Psychonauts, this game is a cult classic from the early 2000's which is only now getting a continuation thanks to fan demand. Also like the previously discussed game, Beyond Good and Evil is a masterpiece.

This action-adventure title follows photographer and orphanage owner Jade, and her "uncle," a pig/human hybrid named Pey'j.

The story is fantastic, to the point of warranting critical analysis from some, and the focus on investigation in the gameplay over combat provides a very interesting experience.

1. Soul Calibur II

The greatest fighting game of all time!

Super Smash Bros? Please. Street Fighter? Literally a dimension away from being of this game's level. Tekken? Ha!

Clearly, these are the opinions of a journalist with a professional mindset, and not someone who played Soul Calibur II competitively for several years, beating people all across New York as Talim and Cassandra, and can't accept that his time has past.

In all seriousness, Soul Calibur II really is a marvel of the 3D fighting genre. Many fans still even think of this as the peak of the Soul Calibur series' greatness.

While it's original gameplay may not translate well to Mobile, at least for players who want to perform combos, Mobile versions of games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X have shown alternate ways for fighting games to appear on portable devices.

These have been my Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now. Do you agree with this list? What classic Xbox games do you want on Mobile devices? And most importantly, who's your main in Soul Calibur II? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 Tips for Puzzle and Dragons Beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g44/top-10-tips-for-puzzle-and-dragons-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g44/top-10-tips-for-puzzle-and-dragons-beginners Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:50:25 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Be Active and Keep Up!

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There is a good reason why this is my number one tip. This game receives new content and updates on a monthly basis. New monsters, dungeons, mechanics, rewards, and more are always being added to this game.

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If you don't keep up with the updates, or don't pay attention, then you will be left behind, and really struggle to keep up. Don't let this happen to you!

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Thankfully, there are a good amount of sites that you can use to learn more about the game, keep up with the updates, and expose yourself to the community, and all the content this game has to offer.

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  • Facebook Page. This is where you'll find all the latest announcements like updates, in-game events, new releases (evolution and monster cards), and lots more. 
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  • PADX. A website that is managed by fans (way better than the wiki). Here, you'll find all the details about specific dungeons, monsters, updates (as well as a sneak peek of future updates since Japan gets everything first).
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  • Mantasticpad. I'll put it this way. The man is a genius. He has incredibly good guides, analysis of key mechanics, suggestions for teams, etc. I highly recommend that you check out his blog!
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Hopefully, these tips will be useful enough for beginners to grasp some of the key aspects of Puzzle & Dragons. If you want more help, or want a guide on something more specific, let me know in the comments below!

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2. Friends and Pal Points

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Having friends in Puzzle & Dragons is very important. Without friends, you'll have a hard time clearing dungeons -- you don't have to know them in reality. 

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Before you enter a dungeon, you'll be required to select a friend helper. A friend helper will be acting as your sixth monster card on your team.

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If you don't have any friends, don't despair! You'll see the word "user" next to another player. After you successfully clear a dungeon, you'll have the option of sending that user a friend request. If they accept, you become friends! And same thing might happen to you. If you get a friend request, that means someone used your monster to clear a dungeon. So, accept it!

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Whenever you use a friend helper, you'll receive Pal Points. Pal Points can be used to roll the Pal Egg Machine. Every few days, the Pal Egg Machine changes its content. Sometimes, it'll be evolution material monsters. Sometimes, it'll be enhance material monsters, but you can always get pal points no matter what.

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PRO TIP: Try to find friends who use the same leader skill monster as you. That way, the abilities that the leader skills give will be doubled for maximum effect!

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3. The Gacha and Godfests

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So, you kept reading this word, "gacha." But you were probably asking yourself, "what...?" Gacha is a fancy, or to be more specific, a Japanese term for Rare Egg Machine (or REM for short). It costs five stones per pull, but what do you get? Well... you can get anything from this gacha because it's random. The good news is that you won't waste five stones and get something that you can get as a common dungeon drop. The bad news is that if you want something in particular, you may or may not get it. It's pure RNG.

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The image above, is a Godfest (God Festivals). Godfests are in-game events that are held every few weeks. They increase the chance of a specific pantheon (Norse Gods, Greek Gods, Japanese Gods, Egyptian Gods, etc.) by three, meaning that monsters from that particular pantheon are three times more likely to appear for you. You can try and roll for a God outside of a Godfest, but that is not recommended at all!

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Also, Godfests have the chance of giving you a Godfest exclusive monster card. Those are very desired, extremely rare, and incredibly useful monster cards that you can only get during a Godfest. Some examples are: KannaTsubakiSherias Roots.

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PRO TIP: Never roll outside of a Godfest! Always roll during one!

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4. Skill Transfer and Tans

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Some time ago, GungHo Online Entertainment (the developers of the game) introduced the magic of Skill Transfer. You can transfer a skill from one monster to a completely different monster. Extremely useful, right? But of course, there are a few catches...

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  • The monster whose skill is being transferred must be from the gacha, and must be rarity five or higher (rarity is displayed by the stars next to the monster's name).
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  • The number of turns of the monster who received the skill and the monster whose skill was transferred are combined. For example, monster A has its own skill that requires 10 turns. Monster B whose skill is getting transferred requires 11 turns. After the skill is transferred to A, it still retains its own skill (10 turns), but the new transferred skill from B becomes 21 turns.
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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, skill transfers are faster and easier than ever. Monsters whose skills are being transferred no longer need to be max level, Tans are no longer required, and the cost has been reduced to one million coins (used to be two million)!

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This Facebook post reveals a bit more information.

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5. Monster Points (MP)

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Monster Points (or MP) is a new currency, introduced to Puzzle & Dragons over a year ago. All monsters are now worth some MP. The rarer the monster, the more MP it's worth.

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  • Silver rarity monster cards from the gacha are worth 3,000 MP.
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  • Gold rarity monsters from the gacha can be worth 5,000 or 15,000 or 50,000 MP (depending on rarity as well).
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What can MP get you? You can either purchase evolution material monsters (monsters needed to perform an evolution. Though, recommend you not do this, as they are pretty pricey, and you can get them once a week anyway).

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Latent TAMADRAS, Tans, and very good monster cards like Shiva DragonRa DragonXiang Mei, and much more can only be obtained in the MP Shop.

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(Credit for the video above: SanchoPanda VTW)

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6. Team Composition, Synergy, and Leader Skills

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You cannot just put a bunch of monster cards on your team and expect to clear everything in the game. You will fail. That team will be absolutely awful!

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In the video above (though somewhat outdated), this is just a very basic example of team synergy. There are more teams that are better in terms of synergy and working with one another. It is fair however, to point out that some of the best teams with excellent synergy can only be obtained from the gacha.

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In the photo above, that is one of my best teams (the sixth card is a friend helper and not one of my cards). The basic idea of this team is to match as many different color combos as possible. The more combos you make, the more damage you'll do. The Leader Skill of the first monster triggers that effect -- a Leader Skill is on the very first monster in your team; it's the only Skill that is always active.

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The active Leader Skill of my monster card converts all orbs on the current board into other element orbs. Very useful when you don't have enough to make a combo.

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The second monster's active skill reduces damage by 75% for two turns.

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The third card reduces enemy HP by 20%, and clears binds. When a monster is bound, it's unusable for a set number of turns. Think of it not being there at all.

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The fourth monster multiplies the attack of all God type and Dragon type monsters on the current team by two (all of them are at least one of those types).

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The fifth one reduces damage by 50% for three turns.

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The sixth card (the friend helper), is exactly the same as the first card (including the Leader Skill).

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In more simple terms, I can take less damage, reduce enemies HP, multiply my own attack, and deal colossal damage by matching all orb colors -- as you can see, all of my cards cover at least one of every orb element, except for heart orbs. Heart orbs simply heal you when you match three or more.

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7. Skills and Skill-ups

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Each monster in the game has an Active Skill. An Active Skill can be used as many times as you want during battle. However, each has a cool-down, meaning once you use it, you must wait a certain amount of turns before using it again. It is however, possible to reduce the amount of turns needed to wait in order for the skill to recharge.

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Let's say that I have a monster card, whose Active Skill changes all fire orbs into dark orbs. The skill will only be usable after 10 turns, but I want to reduce that to the lowest possible for that specific monster card, let's say five -- each monster card has a different amount of turns that you need to wait. I can do so by feeding a copy of that monster to the initial monster. If successful, the total amount of turns will go down by one, meaning that I'll now have to wait nine turns -- five being the minimum. This is called a skill-up. I'll have to keep feeding the copy of that monster until it reaches five turns.

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However, there is a huge RNG factor in this. The chance of me getting that skill-up is only 10%. Sometimes during in-game events, the chances of a skill-up are increased to 25%, 30%, or 40%. But, more bad news, the rarer the monster, the more difficult it is to skill-up. Especially if it came from the gacha.

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Thankfully, sprites known as a Py (one is pictured above) will always guarantee a skill-up. So, it is wise to save them up and only use them on the rarest of the rare monsters. The color of the Py corresponds to what element it is, and which monster it can skill up 100%. Going back to the Py above, this one is a dark element, so it can only skill up dark element monsters. Same rule applies to other Pys of different elements. Needless to say, they are not easy to obtain...

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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, King Tans have made their debut. They too guarantee skill-ups.

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Check out THIS link for a more detailed guide.  

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8. TAMADRAS

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Cute? Yes. Adorable? Sure! Elusive? Definitely Yes! The little sprite above is an extremely useful monster card because it unlocks Awoken Skills on another monster card. But, what is an Awoken Skill?

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In the example above, the three little icons in the red outline are Awakenings (or, Awoken Skills). They are basically hidden abilities, that can be unlocked with two methods.

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First, you must power up a monster that you want with the exact same copy of that monster. So, let's say I want to awaken one of Siren's abilities. I can do that by powering her up with the same exact card.

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The second method is "feeding" her a TAMADRA. Once fed, one awakening will be unlocked (they unlock in order, from top to bottom). The more awakenings a monster card has, the more TAMADRAS are needed. The maximum I've ever seen was nine.

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There are different types of awakenings. In the above image, they are:

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  • Enhanced Heal - increases recovery by 50. Yes, it's stack-able with Plus Eggs.
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  • Auto-Recover - instantly heal for 500 points every time you clear at least one orb combo.
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Finally, how do you even get TAMADRAS? Gifts from game developers from time to time, rewards for clearing certain dungeons, TAMADRA Village, or as very rare drops in Castle of Satan.

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There is also a variant of TAMADRAS called Latent TAMADRAS. Those can be purchased in the MP shop (Monster Point Shop) or farmed in PreDra Infestation and can be fed to any monster you wish. They share similar awakenings as normal awakenings, but are slightly weaker because they can be given to any monster. The maximum amount of Latent TAMADRAS given to a monster can be five (if more, the rightmost skill will be "moved" to the right, thus disappearing and clearing the way for a new Latent Awakening).

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9. Plus Eggs

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In the image above, the little plus sign next to the striped egg signifies it's a Plus Egg. It gives bonus points to one of the three stats: Attack, HP, Recovery.

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The more points the better. So for instance, if I get two points in attack, then it's a total of +20 (but only for attack).

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A total of 99 points for each stat can be administered to a monster card, making it a maximum of 297 points (99 x 3 since there are three stats), no higher. In the end, this serves as a boost to your monster cards, because it greatly increases their stats, making them have more health, deal more damage, and recover more health when they lose it.

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How to get them? Well... this is a lengthy process. You can get them as monster drops in dungeons, but only specific ones. And they only come with one extra point per stat, but there's never a guarantee that the drop will be a Plus Egg. Luckily, there are dungeons that always guarantee Plus Egg drops like, Star Treasure Thieves' Den and Ruins of the Star Vault.  From time to time, there are in-game events that increase the drop rate of Plus Eggs by 10 times in Special Dungeons.

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10. Enhance Monsters

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All monsters need to be leveled up in order to evolve (some don't though). The process can be a bit tedious, especially when a monster is fully evolved, since its maximum level becomes 99.

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To speed up the process, there are sprites known as Enhance Material. They give a big exp boost to any monster (more if that monster is the same element as the Enhance Material).

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In the photo above, that is a King Gold Dragon. He will give a big boost to any element monster card, but even a larger boost (specifically, increase the exp by 1.5) to any monster that is light element, just like him! The same rule applies to other attributes.

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Dungeons with Enhance material monsters appear at random times during the day. How do you know when? When you get access to your ID, look at the third number. That number corresponds to your group:

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A0,5
B1,6
C2,7
D3,8
E4,9
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Once you find out, use this website to find out your time slots (left chart).

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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, the Dragons are now permanently there: Dark on Mondays, Ruby on Tuesdays, Sapphire on Wednesdays, Emerald on Thursdays, and Gold on Fridays.

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Check out THIS link for more information. 

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The commercial for Puzzle & Dragons only shows the basic idea of the game - move orbs around for a certain amount of time and try to get as many combos as possible. However, the commercial does not go into detail about other (and very important) aspects of the game, which as a result, might leave beginners clueless, or simply confused.

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The following top 10 tips will allow beginners to know more about the mobile game, as well as the important details not mentioned in the commercial.

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9 Everyday Jobs Made Ridiculous in Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/oahrl/9-everyday-jobs-made-ridiculous-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/oahrl/9-everyday-jobs-made-ridiculous-in-video-games Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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And That's The List!

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Thank you all very much for reading this far, we hope you enjoyed it. If you have a career-oriented game that you felt should have been on the list, or could help to fill out a potential future list, feel free to tell us in the comments! We know there were a fair few other games we could have mentioned, but we couldn't fit them all into one list, so recommend some more and we may do a follow-up in the future!

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Attorney (Ace Attorney Series)

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If you knew anything at all about Ace Attorney coming into this list then you knew it would be on here. The series is perhaps most well known for it's over-the-top and beyond unbelievable characters, plot twists, and it's depiction of an insanely corrupted court system full of liars, bluffers, and complete idiots. 

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Phoenix Wright, the series most frequently recurring protagonist, may be a morally upright human being and straight edged defense attorney, but the same cannot be said for most of his rival prosecutors, or the chronic liar witnesses he is forced to grill in court. 

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Phoenix Wright, the series most frequently recurring protagonist, may be a morally upright human being and straight edged defense attorney, but the same cannot be said for most of his rival prosecutors, or the chronic liar witnesses he is forced to grill in court. A court case that could be called mundane in the world of Ace Attorney would contain more fabricated evidence, eccentric and uncooperative witnesses, corrupt officials, and lies than some of the most cartoonish recorded in human history. 

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Not to mention that the courtroom conduct in Ace Attorney couldn't so much be called a "kangaroo court" as an "australian outback court". Weapons are brought into and used in the courtroom during the trials constantly, the defense and prosecution interrupt each other all the time, and testimonies get revised about three or four times per witness every hour on the hour.

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Ace Attorney is absolutely crazy... but it's not completely unrealistic. It is mostly unrealistic in it's depiction of the legal world and the life of an attorney, but what they sacrifice in realism they make up for by telling more creative stories under less limitations than a completely true-to-life legal drama would be under.

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Realism isn't everything. Sometimes, it can make a game better. But then there are other cases, such as Ace Attorney's, where realism takes a vacation, and everything is better for it.

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Surgeon (Trauma Center Series)

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The Trauma Center series has a fairly complex plot, and a tone very reminiscent of many serious soap operas, which is what makes some of it's more outlandishly overblown moments all the more hilarious.

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Most of your time spent in the average Trauma Center game is spent treating patients "under the knife" who are critically sick or injured. But sometimes you aren't treating the sick and wounded. Sometimes you're slowing down time in order to jab the the patient with painkillers about five times. Sometimes you're instantly healing patients with a literal "healing touch". For a great length of the first game in the series Trauma Center: Under the Knife, you are fighting off a man-made disease called GUILT. Yes, GUILT. 

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On one very special occasion, you even get to disable a bomb. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Paper Boy (Paper Boy)

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I feel that this one needs little explanation. The multi-platform retro classic Paper Boy is about as true to running a real newspaper delivery route that they might as well have set it in space for how down-to-Earth it is.

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The only thing that is realistic about Paper Boy is the fact that you have to throw newspapers to peoples front doors while on your bicycle, pedaling through a suburban neighborhood. Every single other thing about the game, however, is completely insane. One minute you'll be passing by gravestones on the front lawn of house only to get flung around by a miniature tornado, whereupon you slam right into an angry dog, and collect yourself just in time to run into the literal actual Grim Reaper.

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The most unrealistic thing about Paper Boy, however, is that you can turn a house that doesn't subscribe to the newspaper into a house that does subscribe--by breaking their window with a newspaper. What even.

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Chef (Battle Chef Brigade

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Continuing on with the theme of the service industry, we have Battle Chef Brigade. Of all the games where you can become a professional chef, the upcoming Battle Chef Brigade has the most creative, as well as the most fantastically impossible take on it.

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Using a combination of fantasy weapons and magical spells, you must control one of four different warrior chefs, as they hunt down dragons and winged eyeballs (as well as chickens it's not all crazy). They must then cook their findings into something delicious that caters for the mixed council of human, elf, and orc judges, by playing a match-three puzzle game.

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Realistic? No. Fun and unique? Yes.

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Bartender (VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

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Sometimes you just need to go somewhere where everybody knows your name.VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is just about as engaging as it is hard to spell; Very. But it's also more science-fiction than it is bartending school.

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It has you serving drinks brewed behind the bar from the ground up from the basic chemical components of alcohol to upper-class talking dogs and cyborg cat women among other people. You can make as many mistakes as you want while making drinks, making the most you can lose a tip from your client, which I'm sure is the biggest problem at most bars in the modern space future.The most realistic thing about the bartending aspect of the game is the fact that the drinks can cost hundreds of dollars each.

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Firefighter & Police Officer (Mighty Switch Force Series)

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The Mighty Switch Force games, while very fun and challenging puzzle games, aren't exactly accurate depictions of what it's like to work for the emergency services.

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In the first Mighty Switch Force game, you play as cybernetic police officer Patricia Wagon (get it Patty Wagon hahaha) as she rounds up a group of escaped criminals. You do this by activating the siren on your helmet, which allows you to briefly pause time itself, and change the physical properties and visibility of certain blocks in the surrounding area. You also get around quickly by shooting yourself in all directions by entering purple blocks when they are not solid, and then forcing them to come into full existence around you, forcing them to act like canons.   

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All of this done in the pursuit of a group of freshly escaped convicts, who are all perfectly healthy, but make no attempt to run from the officer in uniform running towards them with a gun in her hand. Yeah, I'm gonna say that's a little bit out there.

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Mighty Switch Force 2 was pretty similar, new puzzles with an identical goal of collecting five people per level, but this time with a new mechanic based around Patricia being a firefighter. The biggest standout difference this time around being that you could now kick babies to save them. Kick. Babies. I think that's about all I need to say. 

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Professional Photographer (Pokémon Snap)

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Pokémon Snap is a classic on the Nintendo 64 for many people, and while it is a pretty well-structured and novel game about photographing Pokemon in the wild, it's not quite accurate to the daily workings of a field photographer. Sure, the camera work and expeditions to different regions for different kinds of animals is somewhat realistic, but there are a few sketchy methods being employed by Professor Oak in this project.

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Putting aside the fact that the player character Todd Snap is equipped with a hover buggy that allows him to do everything from raft on rivers to exploring the clouds. but the methods used by this so-called professional are both unconventional, and sometimes unethical. Everything from knocking Pokemon into lave with synthetic apples to tossing noxious gas-filled Pester Balls at them until they pass out, nothing is off the table for Snap when he needs a photo and needs it bad.

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Professor Oak's research might be inhumane. Not quite sure about that.

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Plumber (Classic Mario Bros.)

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Let's start out with the prequel to one of the most well-know classics, and perhaps the best sewer level ever in video games, the original arcade Mario Bros. It's been said for years that the Mario Brothers are plumbers, ever since their first official title in 1983, but never in any canonical title in the Mario series have we ever seen either of these two do anything that has to do with proper plumbing.

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Yeah, we know it's low-hanging fruit to mock Mario and Luigi for not acting like real plumbers, but it would be good for their namesake if they snaked a drain or unclogged a toilet here and there. Because when it comes to their few actual plumbing related exploits, their sewer-based assignments are far from ordinary.

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In the original arcade Mario Bros. Mario and Luigi must jump on and kick turtles and crabs while avoiding fire, jumping straight up into incomplete and highly flexible walkway foundation, and collecting golden coins... while never actually cleaning anything. Again, Mario games have never been all that realistic, nor do they need to be, but if they think this is plumbing, then they need go back to school. 

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Since their inception, video games have been an outlet for entertainment, and usually escapism. Most video games are far from realistic, and allow the player to vicariously live out a wide array of fantasies, whether it be becoming an experienced solider in a war for the future or some brightly colored humanoid animal attempting to save the world and their loved one.

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But it didn't take too long for some semblance of realism and relatability in the medium, and soon some video games began to depict the very jobs and daily grinds that they were made to help people escape from. But thankfully, loads of games that are meant to let a player walk in the shoes of a particular profession have been great, although in most cases, this usually comes at the cost of more than a cup-and-a-half of realism. 

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Just to be clear, not every game needs to be completely realistic, and many games often benefit from being less realistic. However, in this particular case, I thought that it would be an entertaining and reflective little exercise to look back at some of the games where you play as a character who is meant to have a common everyday job, but through the magic of video games, has the realistic aspects of that job put through the wringer a few times.

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The basic premise of this list is simple: We aren't going to look at examples of video games that portray an occupation in a down-to-earth way like Papers, Please or Euro Truck Simulator. Rather, we are going to look at some of the most over the top and "game-ified" representations of legitimate career paths that the industry has ever chundered up. 

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Alright, it's time to punch that clock!

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10 Decisions That Suck No Matter Which Side You Choose https://www.gameskinny.com/nup9p/10-decisions-that-suck-no-matter-which-side-you-choose https://www.gameskinny.com/nup9p/10-decisions-that-suck-no-matter-which-side-you-choose Tue, 24 May 2016 06:58:49 -0400 Justin White

Games and media in this day and age are all about choice and the moral grey. Is this the right decision? Is it the wrong decision? Is it neither--with a negative outcome either way? This top ten list explores those latter types of decisions and choices, like having to choose which member of your squad will live or die, or whether or not to side with a particular group in a dispute--either way, the outcome will suck for somebody.

WatchMojo.com's top 10 list of the hardest gaming decisions they've had to make will contain spoilers for the following games:

  • Dragon Age II
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Fable II
  • Mass Effect
  • Infamous 
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Deus Ex
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • L.A. Noire
  • The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series

Which choices you had to make haunted to you?

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Top 10 Highest Paid Pro Players Overall in eSports https://www.gameskinny.com/ddhvg/top-10-highest-paid-pro-players-overall-in-esports https://www.gameskinny.com/ddhvg/top-10-highest-paid-pro-players-overall-in-esports Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:20:08 -0400 _Glitchchic_

Ever thought of making a living off of gaming? Have you ever thought that you could be a millionaire off of literally just playing your favorite video game? This is the reality for the following 10 pro gamers. These players below have the recorded overall highest earnings in the world of online gaming as recorded on eSport earnings

The following list contains some of the most well-known gamers, especially from the Dota 2 realm. It also features teams like the Evil Geniuses, and Team Dignitas.

1. PPD (aka Peter Dager)

$2,164,376.96

This 24-year-old player from the US has earned more than $2 million in the last 5 years. He has participated in 51 tournaments, placed "champ" in 19 of them, and his largest earnings come from playing Dota 2 and Heroes of Newerth. He is also a part of the team called Evil Geniuses.

2. UNiVeRsE (aka Saahil Arora)

$2,157,465.64

This 26-year-old player is also from the States. He comes in at a close second, having won more than $2 million over the past 6 years. He's participated in 48 tournaments, was made champion in 17, and is also a part of the Evil Geniuses as well as Quantic Gaming, and Team Dignitas. All of his winnings have come from playing Dota 2. 

3. Fear (a.k.a. Clinton Loomis)

$1,929,412.24

This is our third and last player from the States who ranks amongst the top 10. He is 28-years-old and also participates as a member of the Evil Geniuses. He has been deemed champion in 19 out of the 53 tournaments he has participated in, and his earnings come from playing Dota 2 and Defense of the Ancients over the past 8 years. 

4. Aui_2000 (aka Kurtis Ling)

$1,883, 464.84

This player is 23 years old and from good ol' Canada. He has participated in 50 tournaments, championed 11, and has received all of his earnings through Dota 2 as well. As you may have guessed, he is a part of the team Evil Geniuses, and has made other appearances on Cloud9, Digital Chaos, and Team Dignitas. 

5. SumaiL (aka Sumail Hassan)

$1,834,204.32

A 16-year-old Dota 2 player. He has only participated in 17 tournaments and has placed champion in 5. He too is among the ranks of Evil Geniuses and has been playing for only the past 2 years competitively (that we know of) on Dota 2.

6. xlao8 (aka Zhang Ning)

$1,662,202.72

He is 26-years-old, has played in 44 tournaments, claimed champion in 14 of them and is a part of these three teams: Bog God, LGD Gaming, Newbee. He is certainly posing a threat to the Evil Geniuses. He is from China and comes in with winnings from both Dota 2 and Defense of the Ancients over the past 5 years.

7. Hao (aka Chen Zhihao)

$1,583,790.02

Also from China, this 25-year-old has been earning competitively over the past 7 years. He has played in 51 tournaments and championed 15. He has done so with his teams Invictus Gaming, Newbee, TongFu, and Vici Gaming. His main games are Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2

8. Puppy (aka Clement Ivano)

$1,284,905.96

Clement, from Estonia, has been playing pro for 7 years and is now 25 years old. He has played in 68 tournaments and championed 36 of them -- very impressive. He is a part of both team Natus Vincere and Team Secret playing both Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2

9. Banana (aka Jiao Wang)

$1,217,250.15

Jiao is from China and has been earning competitively for the past 6 years, participating in 43 tournaments. He has been deemed champion of 15 of these tournaments and been a part of Invictus Gaming, Newbee, and Tongfu. 

10. Mu (a.k.a. Zhang Pan)

$1,214,654.9

Originally from China, Zhang has made over a million dollars in the past 6 years and has participated in 41 tourneys. He has placed champion in 9 and belongs to teams Newbee and TongFu. He, along with many if not all of the other competitors on this list, competes in Dota 2 and Defense of the Ancients

And that wraps up our list of the top 10 highest paid pro players in eSports. Have you met a competitive gamer? If so, what games do they play competitively? If you are a professional gamer, what is it like? 

Comment Below!

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Top 13 Custom Maps to play on Cities: Skylines while preparing for "Snowfall" https://www.gameskinny.com/nxr2o/top-13-custom-maps-to-play-on-cities-skylines-while-preparing-for-snowfall https://www.gameskinny.com/nxr2o/top-13-custom-maps-to-play-on-cities-skylines-while-preparing-for-snowfall Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:42:32 -0500 Autumn Fish

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New Map by You

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Creating and nurturing your own custom map to build your next city on is undeniably satisfying. Nothing can quite compare to seeing a map you poured your heart and soul into populate and grow and function before your very eyes.

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If you haven't dived into the map editor yet, I encourage you to give it a whirl next time you boot up Cities: Skylines. It's incredibly intuitive -- you'll be molding and carving epic landscapes in no time at all.

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What are your favorite custom maps? Have you created any maps for Cites: Skylines? Share maps with us in the comments bellow!

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Aegean Strait by Khandor

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Map Theme: Temperate

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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This narrow strait, based on landscapes around Chalkida, Greece, is a great custom map for people looking to get into building suburbs. Its beautiful, hilly terrain encourages creative, segmented design.

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The 25 tile mod is highly recommended to cozily stretch out across the Greek-inspired terrain. Your cims will love you for it.

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Tenasi River by Scotland Tom

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Map Theme: Boreal

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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The winding Tenasi River reaches all corners of this custom map. The surrounding lands are extremely hilly and offer a special challenge for urban development.

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The main river is wide enough for ships to sail through, allowing access to a harbor should you wish it. A 25 tile mod is recommended; each tile has its unique set of quirks that keep the map exciting, no matter how far you expand.

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Raerei Cove by Eva

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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No one can deny that Raerei Cove is a work of art. There is precious little land to build on and only one highway connection, which may cause some problems. But it hasn't stopped it from winning the hearts of many custom map enthusiasts since the very beginning.

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This map is perfect for those who have grown bored with the average routine of starting a city from scratch. There is no better place in Cities: Skylines for a miniature island paradise.

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Angel Falls by crackerjack

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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Angel Falls is has an abundance of terrain to develop on. It's practically impossible to run out of room on this custom map (with the population limit and all).

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If you would like to make a city without the chaos of high density, this map gives you plenty of room to stretch your legs — especially if you manage to make it to the top of the cliff.

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You can build something on each tile, so the 81 tile mod is recommended if you desire to exploit every nook and cranny.

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7th Island by EyeSketch

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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This custom map is set on the fringes of a steep cliff, with a series of islands at its base. It has a deceptively large area for building, and is great for making sprawling cities and towns with the 25 tiles mod.

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The gorgeous waterfall that overlooks the isles is a fantastic place to plop down a few dams and profit from over 1000MW of electricity each. There's even a road that winds up the cliff in case you would like to place an airport or something across the river.

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Mira by MWG

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Map Theme: Temperate

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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If there is a perfect beginner's map, it's Mira. You don't need any extra assets to play it properly -- you won't even want a mod to expand your tiles. This custom map only has 9 tiles of usable land.

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The lush hills of Japan are a perfect place to build a small town and learn the many quirks of Cities: Skylines.

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Isla Malaya 2.0 by Vexcarius

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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This custom map offers breathtaking scenery and all the challenges of building a city on an island. Inspired by the Philippines and Southeast Asia, it was handcrafted with urban development in mind. Even its beaches are flat enough for you to build on.

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Never tried your hand at tourism in Cities: Skylines? This is the perfect map to give it a whirl.

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Den Drommel -Z- by Zakerias

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Map Theme: Temperate

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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Den Drommel is a flat peninsula with plenty of building space and room to spread out. This custom map is for those aspiring to create a large city, especially with the 25 tiles mod.

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Notably, a shipping line runs up one of the rivers, so you can place harbors all around the map. The isles surrounding the peninsula add a nice flair and make for a decent challenge should you desire a small town set aside with only boat and plane connections.

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Kitakyushu by 1Runar

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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This awe-inspiring Japanese landscape is a wonderful custom map for someone in need of beautiful cherry blossoms and a challenging start. The map is well-designed, and the resources intuitively spread out.

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You can happily play this map with Cities: Skylines' base 9 tiles, but an 81 tile mod would allow you to stretch out to the edges of the map where extra building plots lie hidden.

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Dragon Bay by MrMiyagi

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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Let's face it, if you know anything about custom maps in Cities: Skylines, you were expecting to see a MrMiyagi map in this list somewhere.

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Dragon Bay is based off the breathtaking landscape of Guilin, China. It features a long, snaking river (in the shape of a dragon) and plenty of farmland to grow all the rice you'll ever need. The winding highways provide your citizens and tourists with a wonderful countryside view.

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The 25 tiles mod is recommended to fully experience the grand Chinese vista.

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Sedina, IT by Duchess Gummybuns

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Map Theme: Tropical

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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Sedina is a gorgeous bay map with plenty of mountains and water — which means there isn't a lot of land you can build on. You must plan your city carefully if you hope to get the most out of this map.

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A 25 tile mod is highly recommended to enjoy this custom map; there isn't enough land to justify playing on the 9 tiles that Cities: Skylines limits you to.

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A couple of things to note:

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Raven Bay by Kold

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Map Theme: European

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Download Map: Steam Workshop

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Raven Bay is a great custom map for new players, thanks to the abundance of building space. You start on the coast and can choose to build your city North towards the mainland or South to the isles lining the coast.

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The map author was kind enough to include an intricate highway system that spans across the entire map, so you'll never be without a main road. The shipping lines weave so well you can practically build a harbor anywhere.

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This map was clearly built with a 25 tile mod in mind, but you can easily soak in its splendor without it. If you like designing cities along coasts and across nearby isles, this is the custom map for you.

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"Snowfall", Cities: Skylines's second paid DLC, comes out Feburary 18th alongside a free update that adds weather and temperature to the base game. There's no better way to prepare for the snow to fall than by starting a brand new urban development project on one of the best custom maps of the past year.

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After all, thanks to the efforts of BloodyPenguin and the modding community at large, we won't even need to abandon our old cities when Snowfall hits.

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There are so many breathtaking custom maps for Cities: Skylines that I had trouble highlighting only a handful. With so much variety, you're bound to find the perfect map to start your next project on.

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I followed two rules during my escapades through the jungle of the Steam Workshop:

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The following maps were all reviewed with the updated 81 Tiles mod, but a 25 tiles mod is recommended for anyone with a perpetual fear of falling off the edge of the Earth (and anyone with a dated rig).

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Top 10 video game books https://www.gameskinny.com/ov6s3/top-10-video-game-books https://www.gameskinny.com/ov6s3/top-10-video-game-books Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:49:08 -0500 Zack Thompson

Have you ever finished a game and thought, "wow! I want to know more about this world!" Or have you just wanted to know more about your favorite Hero's adventures? Luckily many Video Games have expanded their universes and lore with books, and out of the many, many that are out I've tried to devour as many as I can. Out of all the ones I've ever read I do have my favorites. This is my totally opinionated top 10 list of Video Game books that I'd recommend anyone.

10. Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult

 

The Lost Cult is the second Tomb Raider Novel  by E.E. Knight released in 2004. We join the busty heroine Laura Croft as she tries to retrieve a lost Iraqi artifact from a group of Peruvian gangsters in order to clear herself of the Von Troy murder. Though this seems like a lame way to get Laura's new adventure rolling it's a fun read, if only for the same reasons you'd go to a popcorn movie, nothing revolutionary is done with the character but it holds certain nostalgia value.

9. Mortal Kombat

Written in 1995, this prequel book expands the stories of the not yet well known characters, offering some interesting early takes of some of your favorites.

8. Alan Wake

A book based on a game about an author who might be going insane, what’s a better idea than that? The plot itself matches the game, although some details differ from the actual game. Still, if you were a fan of the game and want a novelization of it or, didn’t want to bother with the game but are curious about story, you’re going to win either way.

7. Dragon Age: Asunder

A Dragon Age book that takes place after DA2 and delves deeper into the repercussions of the Kirkwall incident. If you love the DA universe and want to delve deeper into the tension between the Mages and Templars defiantly give this one a look. 

6. Dead Space: Martyr

I love horror books. I love horror video games, so of course I'm going to love a horror book about a horror video game! Acting as a prequel to the Dead Space games, it gives a deep history of the founding on Unitology and the founding of The Marker.

5. Resident Evil: City of the Dead

Again my love of horror comes through with this third book into the Resident Evil universe. This book follows Claire, Leon, Jill, and Chris as they save survivors and get out of Raccoon City. This book takes place during RE 2 but their are some noticeable differences in the story.

4. Halo: The Cole Protocol

The Cole Protocol is the 6th Halo book and one of the best ones. It can’t actually be tied to any sort of timeline within the game's events, but really fleshes out more of the universe.

3. Homefront: The Voice of Freedom

Even though I'm 1 of 12 people who liked this game and the book won’t win any literary awards, this prequel to the game sets the scene and is crammed full of action sequences and a plot that hits very close to home for a lot of Americans. The constant threat of terrorism is really brought home in this book. If you haven’t played the game then this is a great introduction to the world and will help you connect with the in-game characters.

2. Mass Effect: Revelation

The first book in the Mass Effect universe, Revelation sheds some light on the history of David Anderson and Saren, as well as Anderson’s connection with Kahlee Sanders (a side character in Mass Effect 3).  It also details how Saren discovered the Reapers and the reason for Anderson's distrust of him.

1. The Witcher: Time Of Contempt

I kind of cheated with this one since this is a book that inspired the games, but it's my list and I can bend the rules as I see fit. The first few of these books act as short stories, prequels to the games. But the third book in the series is where author Andrzej Sapkowski really starts exploring Geralt as a character more. I recommend reading the other books but this one is by far my favorite of the series so far.

Any books I missed? do you have any recommendations? let me know in the comments below!

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Top 10 Worst Reviewed Games of 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/uai16/top-10-worst-reviewed-games-of-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/uai16/top-10-worst-reviewed-games-of-2015 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:46:06 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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And that's 2015 in a nutshell! Even though this was a fantastic year for gaming in which we got The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, (be sure to check out our list of the best games of 2015) but it's not like we've mastered the medium just yet. For every poignant, emotional Life Is Strange, there's a Zombeer.

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Thankfully, the good vastly outweighs the bad in the industry today. Usually, when a bad game is on the horizon it doesn't get much press coverage and there are lots of signs to let us know it's gonna suck, however, every so often there's a game like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 that does get covered, and it still let us down a bagfull. The ones we are highly anticipating are the ones that hurt the most.

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I guess we can hope that developers learn from the mistakes of the games that sucked in 2015, however, the fact that the industry is 30 years removed from E.T. and we still get games that are completely broken isn't a good sign. Maybe 2016 will be different, maybe we'll get nothing but excellence! Well, I think we all know that won't be the case, and hey, at least it gives me something to write about! At least in 2016 we might have some truly horrid VR games to write about, that should take us into a whole new dimension of awful games.

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Did you actually play any of these games? If so, which was the worst? What 2016 games do you predict doom and gloom for? Let us know in the comments below!

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1. Alone In The Dark: Illumination

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And the winner, of worst game of 2015, is Alone In The Dark: Illumination! I mean, if you're gonna make a bad game, why not make the worst?! Much like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, this a series that dates back to the '90s and has a devoted fanbase, which makes the absurdly poor quality of Alone In The Dark: Illumination that much more disappointing.

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Illumination clearly tried to emulate the success of 2004's Resident Evil 4, right down to the blonde protagonist with the brown leather jacket, but the game showed none of the genius of that classic. The game is buggy to the point that it is almost broken, there's no real sound or music, and the combat sucks. The idea of enemies only being vulnerable when they're in the light isn't exactly a new one, but it is a fun one; unfortunately, it's horribly executed here. One word pretty much sums up the entire experience: unfinished.

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Disgracing the name of Alone In The Dark is just one of the many crimes committed in this hatefully frustrating, and patently unfinished, survival horror.

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2. Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Vol. 1

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Afro Samurai, from 2009, was a fairly well-liked game, this follow-up on the other hand, is an unmitigated disaster.

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The combat, which is the key part of the game, is just bad. Kuma's wild swings don't even connect the majority of the time, although the game reacts like they do, the camera can't be controlled - which is a big no-no in 2015 - and the visuals are no better than the 2009 original. Maybe worse.

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Maybe Vol. 2 will repair the vast mistakes made by this instalment but I wouldn't bank on it ever seeing release. If you want your Afro Samurai fix, just play the original.

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Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Vol. 1 is a bad, bad game. I hope the developers take note and fix these issues before releasing the next two volumes, but it almost feels beyond broken.

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3. Raven's Cry

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It might not be on the disappointment level of a Tony Hawk, but we get so few pirate games that we wanted Raven's Cry to be great. Set in the Carribbean, you play as Christopher Raven, a pirate out for revenge on those who killed his family. The by the numbers plot sadly isn't the worst thing about Raven's Cry.

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Raven's Cry has all the makings of a great pirate game, and clearly took some inspiration from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, unfortunately few of the ideas or inspirations come to any meaningful fruition. The story is badly delivered, both from a writing standpoint and a voice acting one. The on-land combat/stealth mechanics are pretty darn awful, the NPCs are seemingly brain-dead, and the islands all feel the same. Not to mention, it's full of bugs.

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However, all it not terrible with Raven's Cry. The ship combat is actually pretty decent, and there is a ton of customisation options to craft your vessel. Additionally, the visuals are not bad at all, though maybe not up to the standard of 2015. Despite those few redeeming qualities, Raven's Cry just fails to nail any other aspects of the game, and that puts it in the "had potential" category.

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I genuinely do think the potential for a good pirate game is in here, somewhere, but Raven’s Cry is a mess of bugs, hazards, hiccups, oversights, and progression-halting crashes.

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                                                                                                - IGN

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4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 1.5)
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While this might not be the worst game released in 2015, it sure hurts the most. The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series is legendary. No, really, it is. For anyone doubting me, just check out our list of the very best PS1 games, and the very best PS2 games. Considering just how great the series used to be, and the fact that Activision went back to the name that resonates most with fans (and suggests quality), mean this atrocity of a game is better off forgotten.

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Fans have waited many years for this series to return, the series that defined digital skateboarding better than any other, but were left disgusted with the final outcome. The warning signs were there, though, rare gameplay footage and the last minute art-style change were enough to foreshadow a disaster, but that doesn't change the fact that we so desperately wanted it to be good.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a mess. A bad game absolutely chockful of glitches and a massive blemish on the brand. It's such a shame Activision slapped on the Pro Skater label and forever damaged the name. Don't expect another Tony Hawk game for a long time. May ye rest in peace.

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Not one level that I reached in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 felt memorable or made me want to play more. It’s truly a sad day in video game history when a series like this can just become a shadow of its former self.

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                                                                                      - Gaming Age

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5. Giana Sisters: Dream Runners

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 6.9)
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The failure of this game came as a surprise to me, because I genuinely enjoyed the first instalment, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. In the first game you play as two sisters, one whose story takes place in the real world, and the others in a nightmare world. It was a fun concept and made you switch between the two while platforming to get higher and further in the levels. Twisted Dreams was a good game and a very under-appreciated 2D platformer.

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Dream Runners, on the other hand, adds in two more sisters and tries to put an emphasis on speed-running. This sounds like a decent enough update on the previous game, but Dream Runners is riddled with bugs, has poor level design, a terrible camera, and can be finished in just a few hours with no real replay value. In short, this is a big disappointment, especially when compared with the great Giana Sisters come back, Twisted Dreams.

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A promising concept is steamrollered in a game that doesn't really work as a platformer and breaks down entirely as a racer. We'd rather be kicked in the shins for eight hours than play this again.

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                                                                                     - Games Radar

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6. Zombeer

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 4.5)
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I chose that image to represent Zombeer because I think it perfectly lets you know what you're getting into. Games that portray women like that are rarely seen outside of Japan these days, and this isn't going to be a feminism-style rant, but I think you get a good idea of the type of game this is from that single shot.

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Well, just in case, Zombeer is about a world infested with zombies, and the only way to stave off infection is by drinking beer. Yup. It isn't the worst thing ever, and Zombeer clearly revels in its sheer ridiculousness, but that can't make this anything more than a bad game. If you're someone who enjoys really bad B-movies, then you might find something of merit in here.

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To say that its immature and painfully unfunny sense of humor would be appreciated by 13-years-olds is doing a disservice to the intelligence of 13-year-olds, as Zombeer makes Duke Nukem Forever look like Withnail & I.

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                                                                                 - Game Revolution

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7. Godzilla

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Metacritic Score: 38 (User Score: 3.1)
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Ahhhh, will we ever get a good Godzilla game? If this latest iteration is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding no.

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Let's not beat around the bush, Godzilla on PS4 is a bad game. Extraordinarily poor graphics in 2015, dull as dishwater level design, literally the same tasks for every mission, and some of the worst controls I've seen in a very long time. Those are the boxes that Godzilla ticks. If there is a single, solitary plus for this game, it's the obvious love for the mythology on display. The team clearly love Godzilla and all of the other monsters from the lore, but they just failed to turn that passion into a fun, enjoyable video game.

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You would think a game in which you can pimp-slap a moth as a 40ft-tall garbage monster couldn’t possibly be that bad. You would, however, be wrong.

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                                                                                        -GamesRadar

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8. Project Root

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Metacritic Score: 45 (User Score: 4.5)
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There's the root of a decent game, which is what makes its failings all the more apparent.

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Project Root is an overhead shoot-em-up in the vein of Desert Strike. Truth be told, Project Root is not terrible; it looks fine and it plays fine, it just does nothing particularly well. The best thing about the game is the fact that it is kind of open-world, which is uncommon for the genre. The game's biggest drawback is that it is dull, the environments are about as stereotypical as it gets, the jet is very basic, and there is no real story. None worth caring about that is.

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If you have a real hankering for a top-down shoot-em-up game, then this will probably scratch that itch, but unless that itch is turning into a rash, I don't recommend Project Root.

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9. MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore

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Metacritic Score: 42 (User Score: 4.6)
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Honestly, it kind of baffles me that they can get a game like this so wrong. I mean, this is a 10-year-old series and they nailed it with the first installment on PS2 in 2005. And yet, somehow, they manage to really screw it up in 2015? Go figure.

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Well, to be fair, the original game was from THQ, while this entry is from Nordic Games. The Swedish publisher has had some pretty big hits, with Darksiders, Deadfall Adventures, and The Legend of Kay, but its two installments of MX vs. ATV (since acquiring the IP in 2014) have both been pretty terrible.

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There isn't much to say beyond the fact that this is a motocross game that simply isn't very good. At this point, the license may be damaged beyond repair.

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If you can look past the terrible controls, barely optimised visuals, useless trick system and erratic frame-rate issues then MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore might appeal to you.

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                                                                                    - Lazy Gamer

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10. Enki

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Metacritic Score: 43 (User Score: 4.7)
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So we begin with the very best of the very worst, Enki. Enki is a "repeatable horror game," in which you solve puzzles in order to move from one room to the next in an attempt to escape your underground hell. It is, for all intents and purposes, an 'escape the room' game.

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The game is not particularly ugly, which is definitely the best thing it has going for it. That being said, the environments are all too dark and it is painfully difficult to find the item needed to escape. And that is where the horror element of the game arises, not in the actual jump scare but in the game design. Annoyingly repeated audio, stupidly simple puzzles albeit with poorly thought-out resolutions, and a very short run-time. They say it's full of replay value but that simply is not true.

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Then there's the fact that the game just isn't scary and is known to crash with regularity. There may have been the seeds of a decent room escape game in here, but they were certainly never grown.

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Pixel-hunting for small, barely noticeable items in dark rooms is a crappy idea for a horror game by itself, but timer just adds insult to injury. And don’t bother suffering through this for the story, because there is pretty much none of it.

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                                                                                      - Riot Pixels

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We looked at the best, now we've got to look at the worst.

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And, well, they can't all be Fallout's and Witcher's can they? No, even though every year we get fantastic games that continually push the boundaries of technology, storytelling, world-building, and visuals. But some games manage to get almost every one of those criteria very, very wrong. Not every game needs to be innovative and ground-breaking, but some are downright retroactive, seemingly setting the industry back several years.

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In the best case scenarios, we get to watch someone play these terrible games on YouTube and have a few laughs. Worst case scenarios are just atrocities that publishers should have had the foresight and morality to cancel, rather than release it upon unsuspecting gamers.

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This list won't include games that were broken/unplayable, therefore ruling out games like Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, and Rugby World Cup 2015. It will consist of complete games, totally available to purchase and play as of writing.

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None of these games are broken, they are all simply bad. And it's important to note and remember that, when writing/reading a list such as this, we are not, and should not, make blatant fun of the games - a lot of men and women worked hard on them for years. So while they might be absolutely awful in some cases, let us not forget those who made them and are more aware of the deep flaws than we are! You can, however, blame the publishers, who sent the games out to die, so feel free to call them out.

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But anyway, let us take a look at the very worst 2015 had to offer.

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Best Reviewed Games of 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/99j17/best-reviewed-games-of-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/99j17/best-reviewed-games-of-2015 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:21:02 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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There you have it, the very best 2015 had to offer! With each passing year the industry becomes more and more diverse, in both representations and game types. That list of 10 games includes 2D platformers, a physics engine, an interactive drama, a gothic action/adventure game whose soul (get it) purpose is to kill your spirit, and 5 RPGs of vastly varying styles, scopes, and mechanics. It's a very diverse list that shows how wonderfully varied the industry has become. There really is something for everyone.

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But as is customary, we must now look ahead to 2016 and become giddy with excitement, or, as is the case with too many people, bemoan and criticise everything.... whatever floats your boat. Regardless of how full your glass is, 2016 looks amazing. Truly. It looks like it has the potential to blow this year out of the water, and that is saying something. So be sure to check back soon for a list of the most anticipated games of 2016!

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What was your favourite game of 2015? Do you think Metal Gear Solid was a worthy winner? What is your most anticipated 2016 game? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny! Happy new year!

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1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Metacritic Score: 95% (User Score: 7.1)
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It's hard to disassociate Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with the absolute disaster that is the Konami/Kojima break-up. Thankfully the drama that it was is all but over, although I dare say Konami's troubles are not, and we can get back to just focusing on the games. That being said, MGS V presents a challenge to us gamers, do we praise the game and celebrate its creator, therefore lining the pockets of the horrid Konami? Or do we shun the game, therefore snubbing Konami but also ignoring the lifetime accomplishment of one of the best creators ever? It's a conundrum, but given the love for the game and the impressive sales figures, I think it's the former.

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Regardless of all that crap, Metal Gear Solid V really is an incredible game. It might not have the insane story beats of the previous instalments, or the classic boss battles, but it marries gameplay, side stuff, and level design, like few others can. This isn't even really a Metal Gear game, it's a completely different kind of game that shows Hideo Kojima's growth as a game developer and an auteur.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was a fantastic return for the series but also a fitting send-off to the man who started it all. Regardless of everything that went down with Konami, Kojima can rest easy knowing he put out the very best game of the year and one everyone will be talking about for years to come.

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There have certainly been sandbox action games that have given me a bigger world to roam, or more little icons to chase on my minimap, but none have pushed me to plan, adapt, and improvise the way this one does. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain doesn’t just respect my intelligence as a player, it expects it of me, putting it in a league that few others occupy.

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                                                                                                      - IGN

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2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Metacritic Score: 93% (User Score: 9.1)
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The Witcher series started life as a PC game. With the second instalment it found its way onto the Xbox 360 as well. The games had a ton of clout amongst those that played them, but that number was too few to make a big splash. For whatever reason then, when The Witcher 3 was revealed, and announced for PlayStation as well as Xbox and PC, all gamers suddenly turned their heads and stared wild-eyed at the insane-looking RPG.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was all the talk when it was first shown off at E3 2013, winning Game of the Show from numerous outlets. Bear in mind, E3 2013 was just a few months after we were told PS4's and Xbox One's were even real, so when The Witcher demo was shown off, the visuals on display blew everyone away.

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Thankfully, the game actually lived up to, and exceeded, all of the lofty expectations we had. It is a gigantic, beautiful RPG, with colourful, believable characters, great story, and consistently enjoyable mechanics. The level of detail, the depth of content, and the overall quality of the package puts every other RPG to shame. The Witcher 3 is quite possibly the best role-playing game ever made. 

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One of the best role-playing games ever crafted, a titan among giants and the standard-setter for all such games going forward. Where the Witcher 2 sputtered to a halt, The Witcher 3 is always in a crescendo, crafting battle scenarios that constantly one-up the last, until you reach the explosive finale and recover in the glow of the game's quiet denouement.

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                                                                                          - GameSpot

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3. Undertale

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Metacritic Score: 93% (User Score: 8.3)
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An unabashed love-letter to Nintendo classic, Earthbound, Undertale is an amazing 8-bit RPG with real emotion, humour, and a memorable story. What starts off as a fairly standard game, which you think you've played before, turns out to be so much more and teaches you to love all over again.

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In a year when we got role-playing games like The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Pillars of Eternity, it would be very easy to overlook the somewhat childish looking Undertale, but that would be big mistake. The game plays with your expectations at almost every turn, and so keeps you on your toes throughout, while delivering a really heartfelt, memorable story.

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The gist is that you play as a young man who falls underground and must find his way out, to get away from the monsters that lurk there. Sounds fairly straightforward and familiar, but don't be fooled. There's not a whole lot I can say without spoiling elements of the game that are better left unsaid, so go play it for yourself and experience a very different type of RPG.

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You wouldn't know it with a passing glance, but it's one of the most progressive and innovative RPGs to come in a long time, breaking down tradition for the sake of invention, with great success.

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                                                                                      - GameSpot

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4. Bloodborne

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Metacritic Score: 92% (User Score: 8.6)
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Ahhhh Bloodborne, we had a very love/hate relationship didn't we? I never did finish Bloodborne, I played for around 30 hours and decided to call it quits for the sake of my psyche and my liking of the game. That's to say, Bloodborne is a crushingly-hard game that will punch you in the face until you think you can't get up. But then you do, and you kick its ass and there's few better feelings in all of gaming.

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I say that as someone who gave up, but I most certainly had those moments; be it beating Vicar Amelia, or the god-damn Blood-Starved Beast. My 30 hours with Bloodborne were very memorable and I will certainly return to the haunting streets of Yharnam someday, cause apparently I like abuse.

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In all seriousness though, Bloodborne is the absolute peak of the "Souls" formula, marrying it with more enjoyable mechanics and some of the best graphics/atmosphere you can find anywhere. If Dark Souls decided to procreate with CastleVania: Symphony of the Night, this would be the result, and holy crap is that one beautiful, albeit evil, baby.

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Bloodborne is one of those experiences that totally consumes you when you're involved in it and working to see all that it has to offer. In that sense it's the digital edition of a round-the-world trip to foreign continents, each turning of a corner providing equal helpings of excitement and trepidation. 

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                                                                                           - Telegraph

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5. Tales From The Borderlands

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Metacritic Score: 89% (User Score: 8.2)
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When Telltale Games revealed its partnership with Gearbox and Borderlands it was largely overshadowed by the announcement of a Game of Thrones game on the same dayFast forward to the end of 2015, both series' are finished and there's only one that people are talking about, and it isn't Game of Thrones.

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I won't waste time or space by stating why Game of Thrones was not good, and it really was not, I'd much rather spend that time gushing over how good Tales From The Borderlands was.

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Playing as both Ryhs and Fiona, gamers got a very different look into the world of Borderlands, and it was amazing from start to finish. Rhys, a scorn Hyperion stooge who sets out to screw over his new boss, and Fiona, a fast-talking con artist who aims to screw over Hyperion, come together in unlikely circumstances and set off on a hilarious, action-packed journey to find the treasures of a Vault. The voice-acting from Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Chris Hardwick, Laura Bailey, Erin Yvette, Patrick Warburton, and Nolan North, were all sublime, making the journey that much more fun and immersive.

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Every episode begins with an awesome musical intro that always sets the tone for what is to come, and throughout five episodes the pace never lets up. Without spoiling anything, Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler, is one of the best episodes Telltale has ever done, and home to one of the very best fight scenes I've seen in years.

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I don't even care about Borderlands, but I cannot recommend this enough, to fans and non-fans alike. This is Telltale Games at its best.

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Tales from the Borderlands concludes with some series-defining moments and choices, solidifying it as one of Telltale’s best, if not the strongest offering the studio has put forth in several years.

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                                                                                     - Gaming Trend

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6. Pillars of Eternity

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Metacritic Score: 89% (User Score: 8.4)
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A game that is very much a callback, and yet evolution of, classic RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, and Neverwinter Nights, Pillars of Eternity is a fantastic isometric RPG that shows the genre still has a place in today's world.

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A huge, sprawling world, rich mythology, detailed graphics, and involving story, Pillars of Eternity is everything an old-school RPG lover could ask for, while being a great starting place for those looking to finally take the plunge. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth) made Pillars of Eternity with the love and influence of all the classics, while putting its stamp on the genre forever. Sadly, it seems the game will never find its way over to consoles, according to Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart.

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Pillars of Eternity is a masterclass in role-playing game development, recapturing the essence of the genre's past triumphs and repackaging them for a universal audience.

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                                                                                          - Digital Spy

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7. Fallout 4

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Metacritic Score: 88% (User Score: 6.0)
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To say Fallout 4 was a highly anticipated game is, like saying people enjoy Star Wars, a gross understatement. This time last year we didn't even know if Fallout 4 was a thing but here we are, almost two months after the game released and, despite some warranted and unwarranted backlash, it was a resounding success.

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Fallout 4 brought back that familiar style of gameplay, zany characters, massive world that begs to be explored, and yes, the glitches. Everything that made the previous games great were abundant in Fallout 4, but Bethesda also added settlement building - making use of all the junk you incur in the wasteland - far better shooting mechanics, vastly upgraded power armour, weapon and armour mods, a lot more verticality to the map, and much better visuals. All in all, Fallout 4 was more Fallout but with fantastic additions to the formula. More please!

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Fallout 4 has all the ambiance and history that made its predecessors such wonderful places to get lost for hours at a time, with a much more coherent set of stories within it. That Bethesda has integrated a major building and crafting tool while finally building a great-playing game almost feels like a bonus.

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8. Super Mario Maker

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Metacritic Score: 88% (User Score: 8.7)
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2015 was not a great year for Nintendo; mediocre games, uncharacteristic delays, and the sad passing of a legend. But 2015 was also the 30th anniversary of the company mascot, Mario. It was with this anniversary in mind that Nintendo gave us its most creative and unexpected game to date, Super Mario Maker.

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In Super Mario Maker, you are the creator. Nintendo have given you the reigns to create your very own Mario levels, with a tool-bag that expands over the course of 9 days. You'll start by creating fairly straightforward levels based on what you've known of Mario but after a short while you'll be throwing Goomba's into blocks, putting wings onto Boo's, and generally making life hell for whoever is foolish enough to step into your twisted vision of Super Mario. This is an addictive experience that showcases the zany creations of players worldwide, it's just a pity it comes out on a system that is likely to bite the dust next year.

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Brimming with positivity and encouragement, Super Mario Maker's brilliant toy box gives you everything you need to easily create and share some truly fantastic levels.

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9. Ori and the Blind Forest

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Ori and the Blind Forest was a highly anticipated Xbox One game coming into 2015, but I don't think anyone knew just what they were getting into. Ori looked like a fun, charming platformer that you'd breeze through in an hour, maybe two. However, it turned out to be a heart-breaking game with soul-crushing difficulty.

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The first few minutes of Ori and the Blind Forest are truly very sad, and done so in a way that isn't ham-fisted or overtly tugging on those heartstrings. Then the game begins and it's a straightforward 2D platformer. A couple of hours later though you're still playing and the gameplay has gotten significantly deeper to reflect the increasingly complex level design. Simply put, Ori is a very hard game that lures you in with its cuteness.

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

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10. Kerbal Space Program

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Who would have thought a silly little game about rocket physics would have been so dang fun? Kerbal Space Program was presumed to be another I Am Bread, Octodad, or Goat Simulator, but where those games wore out their welcome pretty quickly, KSP just became more addictive.

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Building a rocket ship out of random parts proves to be a tricky hurdle at the start of the game, but the first time you get it off the ground it makes it worthwhile. Of course, it comes crashing down in a blaze of horror just seconds later, but that fleeting sensation of hope and accomplishment make you start all over again.

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A perfect blend of science and slapstick, and a robust and compelling sandbox of possibility. Simply outstanding.

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2015 is the year the PS4 and Xbox One really matured. There have been excellent games on both systems this year, far eclipsing everything from 2014.

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We got the long-awaited finales to blockbuster series' like Batman and The Witcher, we got impressive debuts with Bloodborne and Life Is Strange, and we got highly anticipated returns in the form of Fallout and Metal gear Solid.

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All in all 2015 was a seminal year for gaming.

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At this time year of year we're all looking to 2016 and impatiently awaiting the likes of Uncharted 4 and Gears 4, but it's also the time of year to look back on what made 2015 great. And this list compiles the very best of the year in question.

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The following 10 games are the highest rated games in 2015, as per Metacritic. The list will not contain remasters, ports, or re-releases, so don't expect to see GTA V on PC, or Shovel Knight on PS4/Xbox One. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's jump in and reveal the crème de la crème.

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Top 10 Butts of Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/19a37/top-10-butts-of-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/19a37/top-10-butts-of-gaming Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:20:14 -0400 Jessi_Cat

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Number 1: Character Creator Butts

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Character creator butts let you put your best butts forward. You can turn your character to see the butt. You can zoom in and out on the butt. You let us make the butt skin color, size, and firmness exactly what we want. If there were a prize for butts, it would be the one we create ourselves. That's why character creator butts take the number one spot for the Best Butt in Gaming.

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Number 2: Samus Butt

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Game: Metroid and Smash Bros
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Samus, the only reason you butt out Miranda for number two is because you used to be a forbidden butt, hidden within the Power Suit. Finally, you released your true butt potential for all of us to see in Super Smash Bros. Thank you.

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Number 3: Miranda Butt

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Game: Mass Effect
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Miranda, your butt is ridiculous. Don't think we don't notice the "Investigate" button right there, BioWare.

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Number 4: Snake Butt

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Game: Metal Gear Solid
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Snake, you have a damn fine butt. We can often view it while you are crouching or laying on the ground, even though the developers sometimes put something in front of it. Butt, we all know it's only a matter of time that we get to see it again.

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Number 5: Master Chief Butt

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Game: Halo
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Master Chief butt makes all the fangirls and fanboys melt. His forbidden form is hidden by armor, but we know there's an awesome butt under that combat gear. Chief has saved the galaxy multiple times, so we know he must do a lot of squats. Sorry, butt Cortana can't appreciate you like your fangirls and fanboys, Master Chief.

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Number 6: Harley Quinn Butt

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Game: Batman Arkham City
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Harley Quinn, you got an amazing butt. Your outfits always seem to compliment it even when you wear a skirt. Butt, we only see it in cutscenes and mods.

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Number 7: Spartan Butts

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Game: Halo Reach
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Spartan butts are great, but you often can't grasp the concept of how chiseled they are without crouching to get the best view. Dang, that's a butt.

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Number 8: Cortana Butt

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Game: Halo
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Cortana, we all know you are only strips of data, but you are a computer that has a butt. The only time we often see you though is in cutscenes, so you don't get high in ranking. Butt, at least you aren't last.

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Number 9: Yuna Butt

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Game: Final Fantasy X
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The butt of Yuna gets a mention because she went from modest to sexy overnight; it was an unexpected butt. Butt, if you change her outfit, you don't always reveal it.

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Number 10: Sheik Butt

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Game: Zelda Series and Smash Bros
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It's easy to see this butt in Super Smash Bros. Just choose Sheik and get a nice look at that butt. Her butt isn't very viewable from any Zelda games, although Hyrule Warriors allows for a bit more butt action. Butt, with all the monsters trying to kill you it's much harder to focus on it.

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Butts are a great topic for every gamer. We stare at butts all day, and we don't even realize it. Butt, I don't think we appreciate butts often enough. We don't take enough time to admire the butts that are right there for us to see. So, here are our Top 10 Butts of Gaming.

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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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Queens of Blades: Top 10 sword-swinging divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:30:02 -0400 David Fisher

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This brings us to the end of our top 10 list of sword-swinging divas. I have got to admit... unlike the Girls with Guns list I did last week, this list was actually quite difficult to come up with. It's great that there's a decent selection of swordswomen, but the problem is that not many of them are well known or playable.

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I guess this is where I leave it to you, readers! What other sword-maidens can you come up with? Where would you put them on this list? Do you disagree with my placements? Leave your opinions and ideas in the comments section below!

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#1: Nariko - Heavenly Sword

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When people think of swordsmen with a god complex, over-the-top fighting, and twin chained blades they often think of God of War's Kratos. When angry feminist extremists ask me why there isn't a female "God of War", my answer used to be the most obvious: "Athena's Revenge" doesn't exactly fit the character. However, ever since 2007 I've been able to avoid getting slapped across the face by pointing at this beauty here.

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Nariko is the oppressed heroine of Heavenly Sword, a character who has literally spent her entire life being belittled by her clan on the grounds that ever since her birth she "should not have been." Everyone believed Nariko to be a curse, a portent of doom, and she eventually accepted this as truth. However, this would not stop Nariko from becoming the savior of her people by wielding the Heavenly Sword, fully aware of the fact that it would consume her soul as a result.

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Aside from essentially being a copycat in terms of gameplay to Kratos from God of War, Nariko is one of the strongest female protagonists in the history of gaming. Why? Because she literally takes the place of the male hero without any modifications for the sake of gender roles. When she says that a deity "would be reborn, in the body of a mortal man" she is quite literally quoting the archetype of a Kratos-like hero. As such, she is the embodiment of the female power fantasy.

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Nariko - to date - is the only female character who does this without a love interest, without losing a loved one, nothing. She doesn't even have the tired cliché of a woman using her cunning or agility over brute strength. She slaughters her enemies with brute force alone, and does this because it is her duty as the hero. Nothing will stand in her way of saving her people. Plain and simple.

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Since Nariko is such a stellar representation of what a warrior lady should be like, she earns the spot of #1 on this list.

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#2 Bastila - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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If Darth Revan is the most powerful Jedi in the history of the Star Wars universe, then Bastila Shan is the most powerful female Jedi. Why? Because she was the one who took Revan down during the Jedi Civil War.

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Bastila Shan is by definition one of the most force talented Jedi in the Star Wars franchise. Able to use the power of Battle Meditation, Bastila is capable of micro-managing entire armies while simultaneously demoralizing their enemy. On top of that, Bastila is a skilled Jedi Sentinel, capable of adeptly wielding force powers while combining them with various lightsaber techniques.

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While fighting alongside her commander - and later lover - Revan, she is an unstoppable force. To this day, she is considered one of the greatest Jedi of the Old Republic. Her legacy has continued on for generations, survived by Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Considering the fact that she is arguably the second most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe, Bastila Shan earns the place of #2 on our list of female warriors.

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#3: Sonya - Heroes of the Storm/Diablo III

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While the Barbarian's official name in Diablo III can range from 5up4h_S14y3r to Barbie thanks to the name-your-own-hero system, her canonical name is found in Heroes of the Storm as Sonya.

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Sonya is a simple barbarian. She sees demon, she hits it until it is dead. Sonya's dream date consists of hunting demons, collecting legendary items - usually only to smelt them at the armory later, and killing the Lord of Terror, Diablo. Her other interests include: smashing boxes, destroying tombstones, and defiling sacred temples... or maybe that's just my play-through.

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In any case, Sonya definitely gets my seal of approval for being a stand-up kind of gal. With a huge list of abilities used to smash, decapitate, and otherwise mangle demon hordes, I can't imagine a better candidate for the 3rd on this list.

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#4: Rayne - Bloodrayne

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7 years before we got the sexy power-trip video game that was Bayonetta, we had Rayne of Bloodrayne origin.

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With Rayne, what you see is what you get. Besides her obvious sex-appeal design, Rayne is a confident, sarcastic, intelligent, and somewhat deadpan character. A dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) brought up as an assassin, Rayne's number one talent is killing absolutely everyone in the most brutal way possible. This means tearing people in two, spinning them around on her blades and cutting them up into pieces, or simply taking a bite into her prey and drinking their blood. She is not your professional assassin type though, for constantly flirting or taunting her opponents is basically second nature to her.

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As a result of her dhampir blood, Rayne has a number of vampiric abilities such as feeding on her enemies, enthralling opponents, super-high reflexes, and a number of strength enhancements.

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With this repertoire of skill and power, Rayne earns a spot at #4 on this list.

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#5: Momohime - Muramasa: The Demon Blade

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Momohime is the female protagonist option for Muramasa: The Demon Blade. According to the instruction manual, Momohime is a "princess of Narukami who has been possessed by a demon", the demon in question being Jinkuro. A talented warrior, Momohime's abilities are only enhanced after she is possessed by the spirit of Jinkuro - a fallen demon warrior who seeks to reclaim his demon blade.

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Over the course of her journey, Momohime slays countless hordes of Japanese mythological creatures and warriors using the Oboro Style of fighting. With a demon blade of her own, she is a nearly unstoppable powerhouse of destruction. However, she does lose some points due to the fact that her personality - outside of her fusion with Jinkuro - basically boils down to protecting her betrothed, and others she loves.

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As such, Momohime gets the 5th spot on this list.

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#6: Hildegard von Krone - Soul Calibur IV

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Hildegard stands as one of the most respectable characters on this list. Unlike the greater portion of female characters in the Soul Calibur series, Hilde is not sexualized in the least, choosing to wear gratuitous amounts of armor instead. Not only that, but Hilde uses a unique fighting style in the game that blends together quick swordplay and a spear. Hilde is also one of the few newcomers to the Soul Calibur series that has fought both the Soul Calibur veterans, and the newcomers since Soul Calibur IV was the last game to feature many of the original cast members.

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Oh, and she's technically fought Ezio Auditore, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Starkiller too... so I guess there's that.

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This set of accomplishments places Hildegard von Krone at #6 on this list.

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#7: Impa - Hyrule Warriors

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While Princess Zelda displays her skills with a sword in Hyrule Warriors as well, it's Impa who best represents women in a battlefield setting. Cool, collected, and able to effortlessly wield a sword almost twice her size, Impa is the toughest of the tough. In Hyrule Warriors, Impa is constantly on the vanguard against Ganon's forces. Whether it be the fire-breathing King Dodongo, The Imprisoned, or even Ganon himself, Impa is ready to take them down.

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Since Impa usually takes the back seat in Legend of Zelda games, I'm glad to see what Team Ninja did to her character in Hyrule Warriors. This iteration of the classic Legend of Zelda character gets the spot of #7 thanks to her over-the-top delivery of enemy horde desolation.

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#8: Ciri - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, the Lion Cub of Cintra (ain't that a mouthful?) is the secondary protagonist of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and is a talented sword-fighter, much like her adopted father, Geralt. She tends to prefer a faster-paced style of combat, dashing between enemies before striking them with her two-handed sword, making her a lethal foe to face. However, her abilities are somewhat limited as she only has the ability to quickly teleport around.

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I could go on to rant about her backstory, but it is so convoluted that I probably wouldn't be able to do it justice. You can, however, check it out on this wiki or, you know, play the game yourself.

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Considering her limited skills, and her somewhat basic concept design, Ciri gets the spot of #8 on this list.

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#9: Lyndis - Fire Emblem 7

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If I had to choose a swordwoman to best represent the females in Fire Emblem, I would have to choose none other than Lyndis. While Lucina is the fan favorite nowadays, Lyndis is much better, and for a number of reasons at that.

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Let's talk about her character first. Lyn is a 15 year old young woman from the plains of Sacae. While living there, Lyn has fought off numerous bandit attacks after her mother and father were slain. It was not until a wandering tactician came about that she eventually learned that she is the granddaughter of the Marquess of Caelin (basically the king). In her time traveling across the war-torn landscapes of the Fire Emblem world, Lyn has fought numerous assassins, archers, knights, and even a dragon! That's quite the rep for someone who's younger than her fandom rival, Lucina.

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Then there's the matter of plain old statistics. While Lucina has a slightly higher luck and resistance rating at level 10, Lady Lyndis pretty much doubles or at least surpasses all of Lucina's other stats at the same level. These differences only get further separated once the two become great lords at which point Lyndis actually triples Lucina's resistance while everything else gets doubled. When equipped with the Mani Katti, Lyn's critical hit ratio would rise so high that she would basically make minced meat out of Lucina before she even had the chance to blink.

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Besides, who could possibly turn down a girl with this awesome critical hit animation?

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All of this lands Lyndis at #9 on the list.

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#10: Wonder Woman - Injustice: Gods Among Us

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In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Wonder Woman is both the bad guy, and the good guy. Depends on which world, I guess. What is constant, however, is that she kicks butt. Hard.

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Wielding a sword and a shield, Diana is able to take on just about every other superhero in the game. In fact, she is such a great warrior that she is the only one the alternate world Superman could possibly imagine replacing his long-time love interest Lois Lane with. Considering her abilities are almost identical to the Man of Steel's, who can blame him?

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Considering the fact that Wonder Woman is a superhero (meaning she's just about invincible thanks to plot armor) there might be some questioning as to why she doesn't rank higher on this list. There are two simple reasons: the first is that she's not technically a video game character, and second is that she is better known for fighting with her fists. Want to argue against me on that? Go ahead. But this Amazon is only getting the position of #10 on this list.

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Honorable Mention: Sarah Kerrigan - Starcraft

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Okay, so technically Sarah Kerrigan doesn't use blades in game. In fact, she rarely uses them at all. But we do know two things about Kerrigan: when Narud takes on her form to fight her, he uses a Psi-Blade, and when she is the Queen of Blades she uses her exceedingly sharp claws to cut through the tough armor of enemy tanks. While these don't necessarily count as "swords" or "blades" per se, Kerrigan gets an honorable mention on the grounds that if Wolverine can get on a list with sword masters, then so can she!

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Besides, what kind of list about the "Queens of Blades" would this be if the Queen of Blades herself wasn't on it? Huh?

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(Tough crowd...)

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Last week I did a top 10 list of gun-totting women in video games, but after a bit of research I found an even less represented group of females: sword maidens! Just about every top-10 list about masters of the blade in video games has a slew of beefed up males. Few of them - if any - have women! Seriously guys, women with swords are awesome too, right?

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So today I'm going to fix that void, and fill it up with this top 10 list of sword-buckling heroines! To fit the criteria of this list, the character must rely on some form of bladed weapon during combat (excluding daggers), and be able to take on at least one enemy twice their size or multiple enemies at once.

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With our criteria set, let's take a look at the Top 10 Video Game sword-swinging divas!

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