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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Can’t Be Played Online on PS3, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 won’t include any online features.

Activision confirmed the news to VideoGamer, though the publisher didn’t clarify why last-gen versions won’t have multiplayer. We reached out to Activision for comment.

Revealed earlier this month, Tony Hawk 5 will include missions that can be completed alone or with friends in online co-op or versus modes – though now it looks like that functionality is reserved for the PS4 and Xbox One versions only.

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Windward Review

At the beginning of Windward, you’re presented with four factions to choose from. In Tasharen Entertainment’s maritime action/exploration game, these factions represent the four styles of play Windward nominally offers: exploration, combat, trading, and diplomacy (read: questing). In the game’s yawn-inducing first hour, that may seem like an apt description for the potential in the procedurally generated world set in front of you. But as you sink more time into Windward, its similarities to

The see is deep; Windward is not.

For a game that features an entire faction dedicated to trading, Windward’s economy system is both comically simple and overly drawn out. The best way (honestly, it’s the only reliable way) to gain money in Windward is through trading. You enter a town (through a bland menu) and either buy goods the residents have too much of or sell them goods they are short on. That’s it. It never becomes more complicated than that. The aggravating, time-consuming portion of the system is that for the first few hours of the game, you’re stuck with ships with a two-slot cargo hold, which means you can only sell two trade goods at a time. So you’re forced to waste time sailing …read more


Preview: Hydraulic Empire Looks to Bring RPG Depth to the Tower Defense Genre

When it comes to the tower defense genre, my experiences have always felt shallow, and ended just as quickly as they began. While defending a base against hordes of enemies is fun, the depth was just not there to convince me that these were games worth playing for long periods of time. While there was a certain level of progression within each level, it was not globally represented, and each level felt like I was starting over again as I had to upgrade my towers all over again. Hydraulic Empire takes the traditional tower defense formula and injects a solid dose of progression to create a game that I feel will have a lasting appeal.

Hydraulic Empire has been in development for just around 5 months, which is impressive considering they crafted a new engine. For a game so early into development, the screenshots and trailers have had an impressively polished look to them, which is why I was surprised to learn that it had been less than a year in development.

Featuring an interesting Steampunk aesthetic, Hydraulic Empire places the player directly into conflict between mages and Steampunk rebels. These …read more



Opinion – No Multiplayer In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Could Be A Very Good Thing

Yesterday’s reveal of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gave us several details to digest. From new traversal and transportation options to more interesting gang-building activities, Syndicate is looking to add new mechanics that work into the story and Victorian London setting in interesting ways. Perhaps the most overlooked detail from yesterday’s announcement, however, is that this year’s release will not feature any multiplayer components.

This development is a departure from every main entry since Brotherhood, when Ubisoft introduced multiplayer into the series. We’ll miss both the competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes and the unique experiences they brought to the overall formula, but ultimately, their absence could lead to very good things for the upcoming Syndicate.

Since its launch, Unity has become notorious for its technical issues – to the point where the game’s season pass was canceled to allow the team to patch the problems. Though many of those technical issues have since been fixed, the reputation of its disastrous launch has made it so that nearly any conversation about Unity inevitably includes some remark about those problems.

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Color Guardians Review

Color Guardians is a beautiful headache. The idea is simple enough: you’re a colorful mascot, running mostly from left to right and dodging back and forth along three lanes to avoid upcoming hazards while you collect glowing orbs to boost your score. The experience could have been delightful, but instead wavers between monotonous and infuriating.

As the game begins, most of the color is sucked out of a magical world and replaced with darkness. You, a red guardian, and your two friends–blue and yellow–are the only ones who possess the ability to restore the vibrant hues that otherwise will be gone forever. The setup is reminiscent of

And for every failure, a two-star flag to remind you.

If making everything right only required you to gather the orbs strewn about the three lanes, Color Guardians wouldn’t offer much to challenge you, even with the addition of the environmental hazards. However, as a guardian you possess the ability to change between the three primary tones, and must utilize that gift in order to make real headway. If you pass over orbs while appropriately colored, you gain rewards. You do better still if you press one of three buttons as you find …read more


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‘Five Night at Freddy’s’ Has Now Officially Conquered Youtube

As most of you know, Youtube is celebrating ten years of providing us with countless cat videos (which I enjoy immensely) and videos of people failing at simple life tasks. It has also given us countless hours of Let’s Play videos that have shaped, and continue to shape, gaming culture and preferences. So, when Youtube released a list with the 10 most watched games in Youtube history based on “watchtime,” my eyes went directly to the name at Number 8, Five Nights at Freddy’s [$2.99]. I was seriously amazed to see Scott Cawthon’s horror series anywhere near the top ten most watched games because the series hasn’t even existed for a year.

According to Youtube, the ten most watched titles are:

  1. Minecraft
  2. Grand Theft Auto (Series)
  3. League of Legends
  4. Call of Duty (Series)
  5. Fifa (Series)
  6. Garry’s Mod
  7. The Sims (Series)
  8. Five Nights at Freddy’s (Series)

So, first of all, FFAF is by far the newest title on the list, with the original game of the series coming out in 2014. Minecraft and LOL have been out since ’09 and are played daily by millions. Many of the other games on the list have been out for probably more than a decade and in numerous iterations (Call of Duty …read more


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Ubisoft Looking to Bring Its Franchises Into Virtual Reality

Ubisoft is exploring the possibility of bringing its franchises into the world of virtual reality.

During its quarterly earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed the video game publisher’s interest the future of VR, and how it sees plenty of potential for use with its properties.

“First, we believe a lot in virtual reality, because we see it’s really giving a chance for gamers to be immersed in worlds,” Guillemot said during yesterday’s earnings call. “We are developing a certain number of games that are going to take advantage of these new possibilities.

“What we are doing is working on the different brands we have to see how we can take advantage of these new possibilities, while making sure we also don’t suffer from what comes with it, which is the difficulty to play a long time with those sorts of games.”

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Attack On Titan: Humanity In Chains Review

We love playing David to countless video game Goliaths. Bosses are, more often than not, larger than the game heroes who defeat them. In Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, you’re never short of giants to vanquish as you reenact scenes from the anime and manga from which the game was adapted. If there are thrills to be found, they come from swinging through a map using the maneuver gear. Using this mobility against the titans can provide a rush as you amass your first dozen kills, but don’t expect this excitement to last. Humanity in Chains is a surprisingly soulless affair, a reminder that sometimes it takes a game packed with titans to make us appreciate refined adventures with fewer behemoths.

Much of the best anime is set in worlds you wish you could visit, such as the early 1980s interpretation of metropolitan Japan in Urusei Yatsura, or the sprawling vision of Earth in Dragon Ball. As good as the original material is, its setting is an utterly miserable world. One hundred years of peace have just been shattered by the return of remorseless giants who only want to eat humans. What are you to do but try to …read more