February 2017

Shoot With Style In Adult Swim’s Frantic FPS Desync

Skillful shooters are quite varied nowadays, from the relentless combat of Doom and Devil’s Daggers to SuperHOT‘s slow-motion precision. Adult Swim’s new release Desync brings its own brand of skillful action to the arena, dropping players into neon gauntlets and giving them the tools to destroy their enemies in spectacular chains of trick shots and traps.

Armed with wide selection of weapons, each with multiple modes of fire, Desync throws foe after foe at you: charging axe-wielders, agile swordsmen, and other mobile enemies. Quick evasion and relentless shooting will only get you so far, however. Desync doesn’t you to just kill; it wants you to do so with style, using all your guns and surrounding environmental hazards to defeat enemies in rapid-firing spectacles.

These stylish opportunities, called Attack Sequences, reward the skillful player with massive damage, health, and even effective counters against certain enemies. Knock your attackers into spikes and saws, launch foes skyward and juggle them with subsequent shots, switch guns to kill enemies with multiple weapons or use your sidearms and main weapons together, among myriad other tricks. These Sequences require careful aim and positioning, adding …read more


Does The Public Know About Nintendo Switch?

It’s an exciting time in the game industry, with the release of Nintendo’s next system just days away. The question is: Does the general public know or understand what the Nintendo Switch can do? Nearly five years ago now, Game Informer’s Ben Reeves took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota to try to gauge the public’s interest and awareness of Nintendo’s Wii U. So has Nintendo done a better job this time around of bursting through the mass audience bubble?

Watch the video below to learn what random people on the street think about Nintendo’s future.

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If you’re excited for the Switch’s most promising launch title, click on the banner below to learn all about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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Pokemon Go Passes 650 Million Downloads

Pokemon Go has surpassed 650 million downloads.

Polygon reports that Niantic Labs recently revealed the new Pokemon Go milestone at Google Developer Day at GDC. On top of that, the developer’s CTO, Phil Kreslin, said trainers have traversed 8.7 billion kilometers, or 5.4 billion miles.

Back in September, Pokemon Go downloads passed 500 million. That means there has been a slowdown for the super popular mobile app since last year.

However, Pokemon Go just received a huge update this month, adding 80 new Pokemon to the game. Currently, there is a Pokemon Day celebration happening.

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Sprint Vector Is Like TRON + American Gladiators in VR

From the makers of the popular VR game Raw Data comes Sprint Vector, another VR game that includes multiplayer as a key gameplay component. One big difference, however, is the physicality of Sprint Vector – the word sprint is in the name for a reason. You’ll be running a race through checkpoints against another player at superheroic speeds, including well-timed jumps. Take a look at our three gameplay clips below to get an idea of the high-speed, arm-flailing fun.

Mike Rougeau is a contributing editor to IGN. Chat with him on Twitter at @roguecheddar.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Torment, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Batman Vs. Aliens

Most of you are hunting robotic dinosaurs today, but there’s another science-fiction game you should consider dedicating time to, especially if you don’t own a PlayStation 4. Torment: Tides of Numenera is readily available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it’s supposedly quite good. Game Informer’s Matt Miller gave the game a respectable rating of 8.5 out of 10, and says it’s a delight for speculative-fiction lovers.

Torment takes place one billion years in the future, well after the collapse of Earth’s most advanced civilization. The remnants of that society still exist for a new civilization to discover, but it isn’t just humans. Aliens, specters, and weird dream-like entities are all part of the same thriving society. Most beings don’t know how to harness the power of the technologies and artifacts left behind by the previous generations, but those who can wield it gain immense power. The role you play is of a stranger in a strange land; someone who appears to be far removed from time and space, and has no business being here. I don’t want to go too much into who you play, as it is a cool reveal, but it isn’t what …read more


Science-Fiction Weekly – Torment, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Batman Vs. Aliens

Most of you are hunting robotic dinosaurs today, but there’s another science-fiction game you should consider dedicating time to, especially if you don’t own a PlayStation 4. Torment: Tides of Numenera is readily available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it’s supposedly quite good. Game Informer’s Matt Miller gave the game a respectable rating of 8.5 out of 10, and says it’s a delight for speculative-fiction lovers.

Torment takes place one billion years in the future, well after the collapse of Earth’s most advanced civilization. The remnants of that society still exist for a new civilization to discover, but it isn’t just humans. Aliens, specters, and weird dream-like entities are all part of the same thriving society. Most beings don’t know how to harness the power of the technologies and artifacts left behind by the previous generations, but those who can wield it gain immense power. The role you play is of a stranger in a strange land; someone who appears to be far removed from time and space, and has no business being here. I don’t want to go too much into who you play, as it is a cool reveal, but it isn’t what …read more


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Overwatch ‘Game Browser’ Lets You Find Your Perfect Custom Gametype

Blizzard has announced a new way to play custom games and interact with the Overwatch community, the Game Browser.

The Game Browser easily allows players to create their own custom gametypes using everything from the preset Brawl types (Capture the Flag, etc.), to specific rulesets that allow you to customize specific details like player and projectile speed.

According to the announcement, the ability to fine tune your desired gametype is incredibly robust:

“For example, if you want to increase Pharah’s rocket speed or remove the cooldown from McCree’s Combat Roll, those options are at your fingertips. If you’d like to create an Ilios-only map rotation or remove a specific hero from players’ options, the power is yours.”

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Mysterious Nintendo Switch Game Revealed

During Nintendo’s Nindie Showcase Event, a game called Project Mekuru was officially revealed from developer Over Fence.

Project Mekuru (“mekuru” means “flipping” in Japanese) is a puzzle game made in Unity and exclusive to the Switch. No release date has yet been announced. Nintendo released what appears to be a brief glimpse of Mekuru in a sizzle reel back at the January Nintendo Switch unveiling event, however the game from Over Fence, was not detailed at that time.

The showcase today included a look at the game’s four-player battle mode, which tasks players with smashing into the ground and flipping over the tiles on the arena’s floor to their color. The game will include Mii support.

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn’t be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don’t think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it’s often referred to as Sonic …read more


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How ‘Nindies’ Could Keep the Nintendo Switch Content Flowing

One of the interessting lines about the Nintendo Switch is how traditional console games seem to be in short supply. Nintendo’s certainly throwing a powerful opening salvo with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the Mario game doesn’t hit until the holiday season, for example. And third-party efforts seem a bit limited. Certainly, this could be a bit worrying for anyone interested in buying the system. But in 2017, we’re beyond the age of being shy on content. And Nintendo, with their Nindies Nintendo Direct presentation on February 28th, seem set to ensure that there’s a steady stream of content to hit the Switch.

Some cool new titles were announced, including SteamWorld Dig 2, turn-based strategy game WarGroove, and the March 9th release of Blaster Master Zero on the Switch and 3DS. Some ports including TumbleSeed, Enter the Gungeon, and Stardew Valley with multiplayer were also announced.

We hope you enjoyed this special look at some of the fantastic indie games coming this year to #NintendoSwitch! pic.twitter.com/rWLfqExw5b

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 28, 2017

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