Video Games

Since the Nintendo Switch release in early 2017, more and more creative, colorful games have been developed to fit the console. While many of these games also have PC releases, they complement perfectly the whimsical and fun aesthetic of the Switch. One of those games in Wandersong, a unique puzzle platformer with one hell of a musical heart. (more…)

As the month of Halloween nears, the creepy and horrific only becomes more and more exciting. In the world of video games, almost nothing is more bloody and exhilarating than Dead by Daylight, the best multiplayer game where you can happily kill your friends.

Dead By Daylight is an asymmetric survival game that was released in the summer of 2016. Players can either be survivors working in teams of four to escape a killer’s murder arena, or as the killer hunting down the survivors. The base game came with 5 different survivor options and 4 killers. In the past two years, that has expanded to 14 survivors and 13 killers. Some have been added to the game for free, but others exist as low-cost DLCs.

The game came out amidst a few others similar to it, but its largest competitor, Friday The 13th, ended its updates earlier this year because of decreased sales. Right now, Dead By Daylight is the king of its fun, niche genre.

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This past Labor Day Weekend, PAX West was in full force, sharing demos for new games to dazzle video game fans from around the country. With over 100 games on display, its a pixelated wonderland. Yet amidst all the fantastic games with so much work put into them, there were a few that curated the most buzz.

Here are 12 highlight games from PAX West.

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Telltale Bats 2

A little more than a month back, Telltale Games (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) announced that they were working on yet another narrative-driven adventure game series based on the dark streets of Gotham in BATMAN—The Telltale Series, and that it would be released sometime after Minecraft: Story Mode and Game of Thrones. Now we finally have our first look at the game, and it looks like Telltale is set to wow players with their signature style once again as we take on their spin of the Dark Knight. (more…)

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When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront  video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.

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Its a tale as old as time, a wall separating gamers at their very core. Games published across different platforms have managed to bring players together, but never on the same playing field. One version is better than the other, this one has different feature, that one has different playable characters and never will the two meet in the middle. That is, until now. Microsoft may be changing the face of gaming once again with the announcement of cross platform gaming with PS4 and PC owners.

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Video game-based movies are like cockroaches; no matter how many times critics and audiences step on them, they won’t die off. Less than a year ago, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman reboot was an explosion-packed slap in the face to fans of the stealth-based series. Not to mention the fact that it was a colossal financial failure as well. Fortunately, with the mostly positive buzz behind this year’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed movies, there may still be hope for Hollywood to give us a good video game movie. There are even more video game movies planned as well, including one based on a franchise many thought was past its prime.

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It wasn’t too long ago when Rovio‘s Angry Birds mega-franchise infested every nook and cranny of mobile gaming: from ill-considered Pixar licensing to a Star Wars expansion to the obligatory space simulator, the game took the concept of flightless birds vs limbless pigs tossing and just ran with it. However, the recently released international trailer for the film seems to raise more questions than it answers in the first place…

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It is no secret that some of the biggest gaming franchises have come from the Japanese game developer Capcom, and few have even come close to reaching the heights of Street Fighter. Street Fighter 2 (We’re going to pretend the awful first Street Fighter didn’t happen) was released in arcades in 1991 and changed the face of gaming as we know it. Street Fighter has gone on to grace almost every medium you can think of from collectible card games, board games, kids meal toys, action figures, and Halloween costumes, you name it and Street Fighter has had some version of it. There is one place that Street Fighter has been, shall we say less than successful: Live Action. (more…)