Replay – Shadow Hearts: Covenant

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In last week’s episode, we played through the opening moments of Shadow Hearts: Covenant, a PlayStation 2 RPG by Nautilus that moves to the beat of its own drum. We were so impressed by the opening that we wanted to see what came next. We dedicated the entire episode to this fascinating gem of yesteryear, and walked away even more in awe of it.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant uses World War I as a backdrop for a strange story that features vampires, gods, and even a strange puppeteer that may not be using puppets. The jury is still out on that last one. Sit back, enjoy the episode, and we’ll be back in seven days (with maybe even more of Shadow Hearts: Covenant).

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Linn: Path of Orchards’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Linn: Path of Orchards

We were excited for Linn: Path of Orchards () when we posted its trailer earlier this month both because it was being published by Crescent Moon Games and we’re always interested in what they’re up to but also because …read more


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Crackdown 3 Multiplayer Review

Editor’s Note: Because Crackdown 3’s single and multiplayer modes are so different, and because the multiplayer was barely available ahead of time, we’ve reviewed them separately. This review covers my thoughts on the multiplayer Wrecking Zone PvP mode; you can find our Crackdown 3 Campaign review as well.

Crackdown 3’s Wrecking Zone competitive multiplayer mode delivers on the promise of wanton demolition, and that’s seemingly the whole reason it exists. Unlike the single-player, here you get to make entire buildings crumble thanks to Microsoft’s cloud-powered physics. And that is kinda cool. But with a scant two modes, no progression system, stone-aged party functionality, and woefully simplistic rules of engagement, even destruction can’t save it.

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Apex Legends: The Most Wanted Tips, Tricks and Secrets

Apex Legends’ surprise launch early last week took the gaming community by storm, crossing the 25-million player mark within the first seven days alone. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our guides team, as well, putting together all the tips, tricks, and strategies we can to help you become champions of King’s Canyon. Using a combination of traffic, comments and user feedback and search inquiries, we’ve been able to see what’s been most important to players jumping into the Apex arena these past two weeks.

There are currently 19 weapons that can be equipped in Apex Legends. Based on our experience, here is our take on the best to worst guns to use in Apex Legends:

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‘PAKO Forever’ Getting Three New Maps and Ten New Vehicles in Update Next Week

Those leafy, branchy folks at Tree Men Games have a nice present up their sleeves for players of their most recent mobile game PAKO Forever (Free). Three brand new maps, ten new vehicles, and even more shenanigans are coming as part of a new update that’s set to release next week. To back things up a bit, Tree Men’s original PAKO – Car Chase Simulator ($1.99) released way back in 2014 and tasked you with driving various types of vehicles around different environments while outrunning the cops and hopefully avoiding crashing into anything. The pedal was always to the metal so you’d control the steering of your vehicle as more and more vicious police pursued you the longer you’d last. This past October they took the basic idea of PAKO and turned it into a “shuffle mode” version of the game called PAKO Forever with randomly generated levels and a huge roster of unlockable vehicles. Here is a trailer for next week’s PAKO Forever update.

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Why This Ultra-Rare Mario Bros. Cartridge Sold for Over $100K

This week a copy of Super Mario Bros., at first glance indistinguishable from the one gathering dust in your parents’ attic, sold at auction for $100,150. According to Heritage Auctions, this “set a world record for a graded game,” which means perhaps it didn’t have that much dust on it, according to Wata Games, which graded it at 9.4, or Near Mint. But, you might be wondering as you rush over your parents’ attic: Why is this simple cartridge, box, and manual worth over one-hundred thousand dollars?

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The Origin of Every Character in Jump Force

There are a ton of characters in Jump Force – 40 playable to be exact, – hailing from 16 different anime and manga series. I did the math, that means in order to be fully caught up enough to know all about all these characters and the anime they’re from, you’d need to have watched 3,781 episodes of anime (please don’t check the math).

Fortunately, you don’t have to do that. Here are the origins of all 40 anime/manga characters from Jump Force.

One Piece

Monkey D. Luffy

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Witcher Tabletop RPG Getting Free “Easy Mode”

R. Talsorian Games has announced that for Free RPG Day – an annual event in June where the tabletop roleplaying community aimed at introducing players to new games – they will be giving away a streamlined version of The Witcher: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game.

Called “Easy Mode,” the free version of the game consists of a 24-page booklet containing a condensed version of the Interlock rule system, pre-generated characters and a ready-to-run adventure path for whomever in your group opts to GM. We had an excellent time playing the full version of the game with its creator, Cody Pondsmith, and highly recommend you check out this free trial if you’re interested in getting into tabletop RPGs.

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Smash Bros. Tournament Bans Ice Climbers’ ‘Wobbling’ Technique

Get On My Level, a Canadian fighting game championship, is banning Ice Climbers’ infamous “Wobbling” technique in this year’s tournament.

Announced by GOML, the decision came following player feedback, and fans on Twitter and Reddit are largely pleased by the news – though some fans are less than thrilled by the news. This rule applies only to Smash Bros. Melee matches, as Wobbling is impossible in all other versions of Smash. The tournament, which takes place in Toronto, Ontario from May 17-19, 2019, will also feature Tekken, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter V.

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Every IGN Zelda Review – Vote For Your Favorite

With this week’s announcement of the Nintendo Switch remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, some of you younger gamers out there might be wondering what all the fuss is about. You see, way back in the late ’80s and early ’90s our Nintendo handheld systems had some great games, but they rarely compared favorably to what you could play on a TV. Link’s Awakening, however, proved that you could have a full-fledged Legend of Zelda experience on the go. That’s in part because the top-down Zelda formula is virtually invulnerable to the passage of time, so even though the grayscale graphics weren’t quite up to par with A Link to the Past on SNES, it was close enough to get the point across.

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