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New Releases This Week – November 29 Through December 5

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind us, and usually that means new releases dry up quickly. That’s not the case this year, as the first week of December brings a few anticipated games.

Tomorrow brings a double dose of explosive action. Later in the week, JRPG fans get to finally dive into one of the biggest Wii U games of the year.

Here’s the full rundown:

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (Xbox One, PS4) – December 1
Just Cause 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – December 1
Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – December 1
Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours (PC) – December 3
Dragon Quest Heroes (PC) – December 3
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) – December 4

For more on this year’s games, check out our regularly updated list of game releases. If you’re looking to get a jump on 2016, we’ve published next year’s list, too.

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Reader Discussion: What’s The Best Film Adaptation Of A Video Game?

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Movies based on video games have rarely (if ever) turned out well. But what is the best one?

Prompted by a recent feature where we talked to Remedy’s Sam Lake about the film version of Max Payne, readers commented about video games and the movies they have inspired.

There are plenty to choose from – Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Hitman (both versions), Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., Prince of Persia, etc., but which one stands out for you?

It’s not a great movie, but I remember being impressed by the 2006 Silent Hill film. It showed a clear appreciation for the source material and had some creepy moments. I haven’t watched it since its release, though, so I am not sure if it holds up.

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How about you?

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Trophies Appear Online For The PlayStation 4 Final Fantasy VII Port

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The port of the PC version of Final Fantasy VII to PlayStation 4’s (not the remake) Trophies have appeared online, which could point to a nearby release.

The Trophies are fairly straight-forward, and overlap heavily with the recently released Steam version of the game’s Steam Achievements. Trophies include Fledgling Summoner – Use a summon Materia in battle, Breaking New Ground – Use a Limit Break, and Won’t You be My Valentine? – Have Vincent join your party just to name a few. The game received an mistaken October release date back in June, but since then, we haven’t heard any updates about when the game will see release.

You can head over to exophase see the full list.

[Source: exophase, via NeoGAF]


Our Take
I have started, but never finished Final Fantasy VII multiple times. I would like to play the game all the way through, but now there is a question: Do I finish playing the PSN version I have on my Vita, wait for this PS4 version to get some Trophies, or hold out a few years for the Final Fantasy VII remake?

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Learn About Some Of South Park: The Stick Of Truth’s Cut Content

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South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had big many big ideas for The Stick of Truth that didn’t make the cut. The latest from Did You Know Gaming looks at some of that content.

Cut content includes areas of exploration, characters classes, stealth elements, and much more in the video below.

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Prior to release (before it even had The Stick of Truth subtitle), we featured South Park on our cover. You can find features about the game by clicking the banner below.

You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Golden Sun, Splatoon, Chrono Trigger, Uncharted, Super Mario Maker, Silent Hill, Sonic Adventure 2, Jak & Daxter, amiibo, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Persona, Dr. Mario, Dragon Age, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Tetris, Monster Hunter, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, more Halo, The Last of Us, Pokémon, more Pokémon, even more Pokémon, Pokémon Snap, Assassin’s Creed, Mario, Jet Set Radio, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Rayman, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Guitar Hero, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Star Fox, Punch-Out, Metroid, Zelda, more Zelda, even more Zelda, Final Fight, Doom, Dragon Ball Z, multiple Super Smash Bros. videos, Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the history of the NES, Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, the DS, the PlayStation, PlayStation 3, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

[Source: Did You Know Gaming]

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The Game Awards Teases Far Cry Primal Gameplay And Quantum Break Premieres

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The Game Awards, the now-annual awards show produced by Geoff Keighley, is promising gameplay from Primal and new footage from Quantum Break among other premieres and details.

Here is a sneak peak at #TheGameAwards Follow @thegameawards for more & watch LIVE this Thursday 12/3 @ 9p ET/ 6p PT

— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) November 29, 2015

Far Cry Primal was announced early October with a trailer, but The Game Awards will be the first time seeing true gameplay. Keighley also promises in the video above, new gameplay and live action footage from Quantum Break. We’ve been covering Quantum Break all this month as the game is featured on our cover. You can find all of our exclusive features by clicking the banner below.

Keighley also revealed yesterday that this year’s Industry Icon Award will be going to Westwood Studios founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle. You can find more about the award in the video below, and of course during The Game Awards Show.

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We recently spoke with Keighley on an episode of the Game Informer Show podcast about his impressive history with the industry and what goes into planning something like The Game Awards. You can find that interview here.

The Game Awards premieres on Thursday, December 3 at 9 p.m. ET. You can learn more about where and how to watch on The Game Awards website.

[Source: The Game Awards]


Our Take
The Game Awards have been getting progressively better each year after some undeniable early missteps in the show’s broadcasts. I’m excited to tune in this year, and excited to see some Far Cry Primal in action. I also have my fingers crossed for more Zelda Wii U gameplay.

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This Tool Will Help You Figure Out Your Favorite Game

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Popular walkthrough website is holding a best game ever poll, which prompted someone online to create a tool to help video game fans figure out they’re personal favorite game of all time.

It’s a time-consuming endeavor (I stopped doing it at about 30% in order to write up this story) but it’s an interesting, often difficult exercise in selecting your favorite games. You can head here to try it yourself. Basically, it takes all 128 games featured on GameFAQs best game ever poll, and pits each one against one another asking you to select your preference. Sometimes (based on your personal preference) the winner is easy, sometimes it’s a much more difficult selection. Obviously, not every game is featured on the list, but I bet many, if not all of your favorites, are.

According to its creator, the sorter can take between 127 and 448 “battles” in order to select one final favorite, which is why it has the potential to take some time. I had done about 200 “battles” and was only at about 30%, but fully plan on completing the survey to see which game comes out on top. I’m curious to see if it will differ from my typical favorite game of all time answer, which has been The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time since the first time I beat Ganon with the Master Sword.

Let us know your personal results below.

[Source:, via Polygon]

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Reader Discussion: Do You Prefer Console Or Handheld?

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As technology moves forward, the gap between handheld and console gaming is getting smaller. Which one do you prefer?

Obviously, some experiences will only be available on console, and those are great, but on the occasion where the two versions of a game are similar, which has your preference? In those occasions, I tend to prefer handheld. Games like Guacamelee and Sound Shapes I played on Vita, and I’ve been waiting to play Axiom Verge on on Vita, though it did mean I wasn’t able to play it this year. The same can be said for this year’s You Must Build a Boat. There was no way I was playing that game anywhere but my iPhone.

What about you? Will you always take a giant screen over portability? Let us know in the comments below.

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Free Portal Customization DLC Heading To Rocket League On PS4 And PC

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A companion cube antenna topper, gel-themed rocket trails, and other Portal items are coming to Rocket League free of charge.

The items will begin appearing at the end of matches (win or lose) starting on December 1. According to developer Psyonix, these items will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game.

@TravisBrinkley Yep!

— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) November 28, 2015

Here’s the full list of items on the way:

  • Cake (Topper)
  • Conversion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Propulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Repulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Aperture Laboratories (Antenna)
  • Cake Sticker (Antenna)
  • Companion Cube (Antenna)
  • Personality Core (Antenna)
  • PotatOS (Antenna)

For our review of Rocket League, head here.

[Source: Rocket League on Steam, via Polygon]

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Pokémon Picross For 3DS Arrives Next Week

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The free-to-play Picross/Pokémon crossover arrives in early December.

Nintendo revealed the game during its recent Nintendo Direct presentation with a vague December release date, but the official Pokémon twitter account recently revealed the exact release date. Pokémon Picross releases December 3.

US Trainers: #Pokemon Picross arrives on Nintendo eShop on December 3!

— Pokémon (@Pokemon) November 25, 2015

If you’re unfamiliar with Picross, I have written about it about my personal obsession with it here and here. You can also head here to learn about Picross 3D 2, which has been announced for Japan. No word on whether it is coming to North America yet, though.

[Source: @Pokemon, via Siliconera]


Our Take
I love Picross so much I consider it a problem. I also like Pokémon, so this game seems like it will be a great fit for me, and possibly me alone. I wish it wasn’t free-to-play (or free-to-start), but I will definitely play it, and even spend some money it. Can’t wait until December 3.

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PlayStation 4 Remote Play For PC And Mac Currently In The Works

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How and when we will be streaming PlayStation 4 games to Windows and Macs is still a questions, but Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed it is happening.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D

— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015

Yoshida confirmed the ambiguous plans on Thanksgiving day with the tweet above saying an application is currently being worked on. Remote play currently works on Vita and PlayStation TV to stream most PlayStation 4 games.

[Source: @yosp, via endgadget]


Our Take
This is very exciting, except for one very important hurdle – I have never, ever been able to get Remote Play to work properly, and I have tried valiantly. Tweaking wifi settings, sitting two feet from my PlayStation 4 with my Vita in my hand – nothing has ever worked for me. And as someone who wants dearly to be able to play mature-rated PlayStation 4 games on my Vita while my daughter watches Bubble Guppies on TV, it can be frustrating. I love the idea of streaming PlayStation 4 games to my Mac, but I won’t be getting excited until I see it working properly right in front of me.

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Golden Sun Began As A Nintendo 64 Game Before Moving To Game Boy Advance

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Golden Sun may not have the same RPG clout as something like Final Fantasy, but the series has a history and some interesting development stories.

The latest video from Did You Know Gaming looks at the history of the three-game series, Golden Sun, with the help of acapella YouTube musician Smooth McGroove. Along with its Nintendo 64 roots, fans have uncovered a Zelda reference in the game’s code, and even made a fake Golden Sun game to help inspire excitement for a sequel. You can check out the video below.

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To hear the video’s narrator, Smooth McGroove, sing Golden Sun’s battle theme, check out the video below. For an extended interview with Mr. McGroove, follow this link.

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Splatoon, Chrono Trigger, Uncharted, Super Mario Maker, Silent Hill, Sonic Adventure 2, Jak & Daxter, amiibo, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Persona, Dr. Mario, Dragon Age, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Tetris, Monster Hunter, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, more Halo, The Last of Us, Pokémon, more Pokémon, even more Pokémon, Pokémon Snap, Assassin’s Creed, Mario, Jet Set Radio, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Rayman, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Guitar Hero, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Star Fox, Punch-Out, Metroid, Zelda, more Zelda, even more Zelda, Final Fight, Doom, Dragon Ball Z, multiple Super Smash Bros. videos, Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the history of the NES, Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, the DS, the PlayStation, PlayStation 3, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

[Source: Did You Know Gaming]

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Get Ready For Just Cause 3 With All Of Our Exclusive Coverage

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Just Cause 3 appeared on our December 2015 cover and it releases on Tuesday. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on all of the features that resulted from our coverage.

You can click here, or on the banner below, to read features, watch videos, and listen to podcasts all about the next entry in Rico’s explosive life. We have interviews with the developers, details on how Rico has changd for the sequel, discussions about multiplayer’s place in the series, as well as a list of Avalanche’s favorite Just Cause 2 mods.

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Just Cause 3 releases Tuesday, December 1 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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PSA: You Can Play Two Of StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void’s Modes For Free

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Years ago, Blizzard announced that they were releasing a free version of StarCraft II called the “Starter Edition”. While it doesn’t get much attention, this free version of StarCraft II has been updated for the recent release of the final expansion called Legacy of the Void. Right now, the Starter Edition on will let you play custom games of competitive Starcraft II with all of the updates and units found in Legacy of the Void.

The big qualifier here is that you can only play with friends, there aren’t any match-making options. But since this is a free download, all you have to do is send this PSA story to a couple of RTS-appreciating friends and you’ll be set.

The bonus on top of this whole offering is that the Starter Edition also gives players access to Legacy of the Void’s co-op mode, which our reviewer Dan Tack called “great.” You can only select from three of the six commander heroes, but you have access to all of the co-op missions and Blizzard says that they will be adding more missions in the future.

To learn more about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, check out our full review and also our Test Chamber of the game. Happy clicking!

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Is Puzzle & Dragons Z / Super Mario Bros. Edition One Of The Top Games Of 2015?

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Every year, Game Informer breaks down the best releases with its annual Top 50 list. It’s a group effort, which includes long meetings, heated discussions, and possibly the best homework assignments you could possibly ask for. There’s only so much time to go around, however, and sometimes smaller releases need people to advocate for or against their inclusion. Such is the case with the game I’m championing this year, a little match-three game (with a big name) called Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition. Dan Tack is my guinea pig.

Jeff C: Dan, I know you’re one of the few people in the office who plays Puzzle & Dragons, which will henceforth be referred to as what we cool kids call it, Puzz & D. Why didn’t you play it on 3DS? It’s two freaking Puzz & D games in one!

Dan: Alright Cork I’m going to level with you. I never thought I’d say this. I thought that the packaged all-in-one experience of a retail version of Puzz & D would be superior to what can be considered a “pay to win” in some respects free-to-play mobile version. After playing this though, I found myself yearning to go back to the core mobile version that I began my dragon-matching goodness on. For real, Toad is an annoying little **** and I never want to hear him in a game again.

Jeff C: Oof! He comes out swinging. That answers my first question, which was about which of the two versions you played. I at least know you met Toad in the Super Mario Bros. version, and he left quite an impression on you. Before I dig in deeper, did you spend any time with Puzz & D Z?

Dan: I did.  It’s a lot closer to “the real thing” obviously, but it still feels limited. I think the last year of content for actual Puzz & D has been amazing, with themed dungeons and stuff from other brands and franchises always coming in to liven things up. There are just so many options there. Too bad it has stamina gating. Still an amazing game, though. Both the versions on the 3DS feel watered down to me after spending so much time with the original.

Jeff C: You’re absolutely right about GungHo doing an amazing job of supporting the original game. It’s funny you mention stamina gating, since its omission on 3DS drew some criticism. Personally, I liked being able to sit down and marathon the game for a while without having to worry about waiting for my sessions to recharge. That alone made up for not being able to have Hello Kitty characters on my team. Do you think you might have been more forgiving if that line between Mario Puzz & D and Puzz & D Z wasn’t so firm?

Dan: I think I would have probably loved it a lot more had I never played the original game. It’s definitely one of the best matching games out there, and the systems are generally pretty fun, even in this distilled entry. I mean, you do get two full games too. I hated the Mario version, to be honest. Everything about it annoyed me on a personal level, from Toad’s annoying moaning to the dumb looking Koopas.

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Jeff C: Well, if you don’t like the characters it’s hard to close your eyes while playing the game. I can never quite get a read on you. Do you consider yourself much of a Nintendo fan, overall? Do the Mario characters do anything for you outside of this particular game?

Dan: I like Nintendo games. Hell, I like Mario Party, which I know is hated around here. But the characters do absolutely nothing for me in this particular spin off. Toad might be the most punchable character of all time.

Jeff C: Sup, fellow Mario Party player? OK, so at least I know it’s not an inherent dislike of the characters, but the way they’re used. Poor Toad. What did you think of the other Puzz & D game? In particular, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on its overworld gameplay, which was a new thing for the series.

Dan: It’s like the mobile game only not as good. I could not help making that association constantly. I was like, why am I doing this, I could be working on my actual online save file where I have a bunch of friends and cool dungeons like every week to do. Again, this is one of those weird cases where I think it would actually be beneficial to have NOT experienced the core game before going in. I think it’s super solid for those who don’t want to deal with the stamina gating and honestly LONG trek toward a real team in the mobile version. The systems and the game are solid, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was not making “real” progress.

 Jeff C: That was one of the things I ran into while I was playing it for review. I was moving from one platform, where I had a great team, and starting over from scratch. After spending a lot of time with the 3DS game, I got to a similarly powerful place, but it did take a significant time investment. Perhaps you just didn’t have the time to get there, which colored your overall experience? Will you at least give me that?

Dan: Yeah I’ll give you that. But I’m weird right. Even if I got to the end of the game I’d be like “well okay that was fun but I could have just worked on my team in the version that gets constant support, hunh okay. Plus, Toad is stupid. And so are the dumb Koopa’s faces. They just LOOK WRONG. Basically, Puzz & D is one of the best casual matching games out there, and this is a great way to play it without the monetization and other issues with the core title.

Jeff C: I think I can see where this is ultimately headed, so let’s just put a bullet in this pony’s head.

Dan’s Verdict: Yeah it’s a cool version of one of the most popular mobile titles out there with none of the free-to-play nonsense. I’ll give it that. Should it be in the Top 50? No. This was a great year for games and ultimately I think we’ve got something hotter to take the slot. So consider this my blue shell taking the wind out of Puzz & D’s Top 50 sails. Sorry Cork.


For more on Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, take a look at our Test Chamber.

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The Legend Of Zelda Re-imagined As Studio Ghibli Movie Posters

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The Legend of Zelda series and Studio Ghibli’s animated films are among the most celebrated works to come out of Japan, but what if the two properties came together? Illustrator Matt Vince uses that hypothesis as the basis for movie posters that prove the collaboration would be a match made in heaven.

Vince created three Miyazaki-esque movie posters featuring Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf that leave us wanting an actual crossover film that we never knew we wanted. In true Ghibli fashion, the fantasy flick has already garnered several awards despite not being a real thing. 

Admire his beautiful pieces below, and visit his website for other impressive illustrations. As for Zelda news, the Wii U entry is still happening, as is a remaster of Twilight Princess

[Source: Matt Vince via Tumblr via Kotaku]

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Video Games Live Performer Flute Link Parodies Macklemore In “Clocktown”

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The residents of Majora’s Mask’s Clock Town may be a bunch of weirdos, and maybe a little depressed, but a new music video parody of Macklemore’s “Downtown” is poised to inject a little positivity into their beat.

Video Games Live performer and professional vocalist Laura “Flute Link” Intravia arranged the parody song “Clocktown,” along with help from video director Jeff Fugelsang and fellow Video Games Live performer Mike Niemietz and others. Diehard Legend of Zelda fans might also notice the dance moves taken from the old Japanese Super Famicom commercial for the original game.

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