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10 Must-Play Board Games For Horror Fans

Whether you like navigating your way through haunted mansions, outsmarting serial murderers, matching wits with Count Dracula, or trying to prevent zombie outbreaks, horror board games offer a wide variety of ways to test your bravery and your smarts. Players can work alone or cooperatively to succeed in their goals, often with individual side objectives adding to the complexity of the gameplay.

Horror board games can take as long or as little time as you like, with interchangeable pieces that make the thrills and chills extend for hours. Every game is new when the board game can be shifted, the characters exchanged, and the difficulty level increased. Here are the must play horror board games that offer a chance to tackle your greatest fears without any danger to you or your friends!

10 MANSIONS OF MADNESS

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Prepare for Lovecraftian horror and thrills with the Mansions of Madness game, which takes players on a labyrinthian quest through an extensive haunted mansion in search of a way to escape the horrors within its walls. With four separate campaigns, intermediate to advanced players will have hours of chilling gameplay.

With the help of the accompanying app, immerse yourself in a world come alive with 500 detailed components as well as over 32 high-quality figurines. Wander beyond the mansion to the ghostly town of Arkham, and several other maps complete with monsters around every corner!

9 THE THING: INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31

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Based on the action-packed horror blockbuster The Thing by acclaimed horror director John Carpenter, Infection at Outpost 31 brings all the frights of the 1982 classic horror film to chilling life in this multiplayer board game. Only by deducing who “The Thing” has infected can you make it out alive!

Follow the narrative of the film by completing missions, locating potentially infected hosts, and escape Outpost 31 without falling victim to one of the imitations. Playable by up to 12 people, take on the identities of iconic characters like Palmer and Blair, while uncovering the identity of the imitations and winning the game.

8 CHILDREN: THE HORROR GAME

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Horror movies have long managed to use the disarming innocence of children to frighten adults, and this board game is no exception! Children: The Horror Game has you play as a ghost hunter endeavoring to capture the most child ghosts (up to 13) by discovering their toys and confronting them.

To heighten the mood, play with the official “Children: The Horror Game” soundtrack in the background. With a variety of room cards, the Thornhill Mansion game board can be set up differently every time, offering new twists and turns each time you play.

7 LETTERS FROM WHITECHAPEL

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Have you ever wanted to solve the mystery of the infamous killer Jack the Ripper? Stalk the streets of London’s Whitechapel district in this alluring game of intrigue and danger as either the historical slasher Jack the Ripper or one of four detectives assigned to his case. This game of mystery requires your expert skills in deduction, as well as your ability to bluff, depending on your part in the storyline.

With beautiful artwork, special engraved wooden pawns, and engrossing true facts about the Jack the Ripper killing spree, hunt the hunter or become the prey in this horror board game that perfectly replicates the fear that gripped 19th century London at the time of the murders.

6 BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL

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Fans of classic survival strategy games like Clue and Dungeons and Dragons will relish the challenge of Betrayal at House on the Hill, a cooperative horror board game that lets you set up a new customized game board each time you play it. Use interchangeable floorplan pieces to expand the haunted house far beyond your wildest expectations, creating a new gaming experience with each set up.

Considered one of the best horror survival games available, work together in a group or as a lone survivor in the musty corridors of a haunted house. Discover treasures, weapons, or curses in each room, each of which will affect if you get out alive!

5 DEAD OF WINTER

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Can you survive in the dead of winter with limited supplies, in a frozen colony, with only a few members of your party you can trust? Play Dead of Winter and find out how long you make it. A multiplayer game of cooperative skill and strategy, your group will work towards its own goal of survival as well as their own individual side stories.

Of particular intrigue are the side objectives, which take the form of pursuing psychological traits that can plunge the colony into danger with their emergence. Each player leads a group of survivors in an apocalyptic world where these traits could mean life or death if they take over.

4 FURY OF DRACULA

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For fans of gothic horror and classic monster villains, look no further than Fury of Dracula, now in its fourth edition. Play as either the infamous vampire Count Dracula, or one of several vampire hunters looking to drive a silver stake through his undead heart.

As Dracula, you’ll be able to create an army of vampires, lay traps for your enemies, or utilize your supernatural powers to kill them off one by one. As the hunters, you will have to use your resourcefulness, cunning, and an array of vampire-killing weapons in this cat-and-mouse game to make sure the Count stays dead once and for all.

3 CAMP GRIZZLY

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Fans of classic slasher films like Friday the Thirteenth and Halloween will get hours of enjoyment out of the survival horror strategy game Camp Grizzly. Taking inspiration from the slasher films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, immerse yourself in the darkly humorous environment at Camp Grizzly, a summer camp for teens that turns into a slaughterhouse when “Otis” goes on a killing spree.

Not for children under 14, up to 6 players will outsmart Otis amidst the tawdry backdrop of sex, drugs, and other common vices found when teens get together for the summer. The cheesy spirit of the game combined with its easy rules will make it a hit for any level of player.

2 CITY OF HORROR

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Fans of zombie outbreaks and survival horror will embrace City of Horror, a horror board game that places them right in the middle of a chaotic zombie apocalypse. Work together to survive a zombie invasion, but be careful to concentrate on your own health, as you may find yourself becoming one of the horde if you don’t!

A strategic game, the challenge lies in working cooperatively with your fellow players, but ultimately having to betray them to survive against the undead. It’s survival of the fittest and most cunning with this game, as the player with the most antidote and rations triumphs.

1 DARK DARKER DARKEST

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Stop the world-ending outbreak of a zombie apocalypse by exploring the house of Doctor Mortimer, unlocking the security system to his laboratory, and locating the antidote somewhere in its innards to stop the sickness from spreading.

Work cooperatively with other players to locate the antidote, with the laboratory security system working against your team at every turn. Unlike some other horror games, players can “level up” and gain new abilities after each round. House tiles allow for different game board setups of the Doctor’s mansion, allowing for hours of tense replay.

NEXT: The 10 Best Board Games for Adults, Ranked

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2019-04-25 08:04:50

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

10 Best Marvel Video Games

It took Marvel’s video games a few more years than its movies to become consistently good, but now, that threshold has been reached. With Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and Iron Man VR coming out soon, more and more Marvel games are allowing players the chance to live in the shoes of their favorite heroes and waste the hours away with some of the most delightful power fantasies the medium can offer.

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So, before so many new Marvel games come out that this list is rendered obsolete, here are the 10 best video games so far based on Marvel properties, and the best ways to prepare for the onslaught of great titles to come.

10 Deadpool (X360, PS3, PC)

It’s hard not to have nostalgia goggles on when thinking about 2013’s Deadpool, partially because it had the irreverent ridiculousness that was nowhere near as tired as it is now. The out-of-print brawler is nothing special on a gameplay or even story level, but its bright and zany attitude is perfect for bringing back memories of better games and simpler times.

It’s not a glowing recommendation, and it’s not a glowing game, but the idea of it being permanently pulled from both physical and virtual stores is a sad thought.

9 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (X360, PS3)

Like almost every other Marvel game, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is heavily indebted to the #2 game on this list, almost as much as it’s indebted to its predecessor. The biggest flaw in Ultimate Alliance 2 is that aside from extra characters and shinier visuals, it’s nearly identical to the original game; while that demands a lower spot on a top 10 list, it’s still a perfect game for fans of the first that want another ride. Also, you can play as the Green Goblin, which is an absurd amount of fun.

8 X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition (X360, PS3)

How can one of the worst Marvel films become one of the best Marvel games? By coming out of the cage, and it is doing far better than fine. The Uncaged Edition of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is little more than a few hours of pure Wolverine carnage, making full use of its M rating, and the world is all the better for it.

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It’s not good enough to make the film’s existence worthwhile, but it does have the starkest difference between source and game quality of any of the 10 games on this list, and that counts for something.

7 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (X360, PS3, PC, WiiU)

While it’s tempting to put LEGO The Avengers or LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 on here either alongside or instead of the first LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, the original is still the most notable. It’s just what the title advertises, a LEGO game with Marvel characters in it, and as a replication of the tried and true LEGO formula, it’s stellar.

It also has a level of genuine passion and heart that its two successors never truly managed to pick up on, making up for its lesser roster with a tighter and more polished family-friendly experience.

6 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (XBOX, PS2, GCUBE)

The thing about Marvel video games is that almost all of them are some form of beat-‘em-up because that’s the best way to translate the hectic violence of the comic panels. That said, it’s hard to criticize The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for its shoddy visuals and half-baked story when the carnage is this exciting.

RELATED: 10 Times The Incredible Hulk Was Brutally Beaten Down

While studio Radical Entertainment outshone themselves a few years later with Prototype, they still made the best Hulk game possible. Ultimate Destruction is willfully stupid and bombastic in a way only a Hulk game could be.

5 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (XBOX, PS2, PC)

About as perfect as an update of arcade co-op brawlers could be, Marvel Ultimate Alliance has an awful box art, a nonsense story, and so many licensed characters shoved into one product that it’s bursting…and yet, it’s a lean, mean fighting machine that sticks the landing.

Couch co-op is a tricky thing to pull off, and few do it as well as Marvel Ultimate Alliance, even if it means the camera is confused at best and erratic at worst. And as superhero content gets more and more serious, it’s nice to play a game where every single frame is a splash page.

4 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (DREAMCAST)

The most polished of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, from a time when fighting games finally started to balance themselves and create an endlessly replayable experience, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes embraced its pixels when many of its contemporaries were going 3D.

RELATED: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Marvel Vs. Capcom

As such, it’s one of the few fighting games from the early 2000s that looks nearly as good now as it did back then, remembered even more fondly after seeing where the franchise has stumbled in its most recent iterations.

3 Spider-Man 2 (XBOX, PS2, GCUBE)

The most ubiquitous game on this list, nearly everyone who was a kid when the Spider-Man 2 game came out raved about how great it felt to swing around the PS2-era polygonal New York.

One of the first and few great movie tie-in games, Spider-Man 2 set a standard for a different kind of superhero game that wasn’t matched or overtaken for fourteen years, showing how ahead-of-its-time and cleverly put together it was. That you can get around 50 hours of exhilaration crammed onto a GameCube disk is still difficult to believe.

2 X-Men (ARCADE)

As stand-up arcade machines go the way of pinball tables, where only the most notable and influential are allowed to be remembered, it’s tempting to skip over any of the many old school beat-‘em-ups that aren’t Streets of Rage or Double Dragon. And while those games are great, none of them have the pure multiplayer bliss of the X-Men arcade cabinet.

With sparser backdrops and a heftier focus on the differences between playable characters, X-Men might be one of the best cabinet games around, and finding one in the wild has always resulted in me making friends as we took on Magneto together. Unless they also wanted to play as Cyclops. I’m always Cyclops.

1 Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)

It had to be this, didn’t it? Marvel’s Spider-Man does have a luxury no other game on this list has; it’s the newest game here and has the benefit of the most powerful hardware and specs to date.

That doesn’t take away the magic of the craftsmanship however, by refining the Spider-Man 2 web-swinging mechanic and building one of the best Spidey stories in any medium, Spider-Man is a game so effortlessly entertaining that it doesn’t need its characters and references to shine. But it does have those characters and references, so one of the best games of this console generation becomes the best Marvel game, and the best superhero game, of all time.

NEXT: Screen Rant’s 25 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019


2019-04-23 03:04:26

Davey Peppers

10 Choose Your Adventure Games To Play If You Liked Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch dipped into the nostalgia many who lived through the 1980s have for a format of books called “Choose Your Own Adventure”. While the movie was certainly innovative, the format was nothing new as anyone who read those books remembers.

One of the best aspects of the movie was the reintroduction of that format to the people who experienced it decades earlier, but it also introduced the concept of “Choose Your Own Adventure” to a new generation. As it happens, there are tons of video games that embraced the format long before Black Mirror: Bandersnatch came along, and these ten are the best of them all.

RELATED: 10 Hidden Secrets In Black Mirror Bandersnatch You Missed

10 UNTIL DAWN

Until Dawn is a disturbingly bloody and gory horror game that centers around the player’s choices, which directly correlate to who survives the night. The game is set in a remote cabin where a group of teenagers is holed up for the night. As the player makes their way through the story, they are presented with various choices that direct the gameplay.

The right choice in one instance might see multiple people escape the horror while the wrong choice in another part of the story might result in everyone’s death. The game has a short enough playthrough that it’s fun to replay the game to see if you can’t get different people out each and every time you play it.

9 HER STORY

While most games in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format follow a character as they progress through a story making choices, Her Story is a bit different. Play works by listening to interviews of a murder suspect from an old police computer. The choices come into play regarding how you listen to those tapes.

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Depending on the search terms you use, and how well you pay attention to the dialogue, the story will unfold in different ways. Ultimately, this will result in a harrowing tale with strange and shocking twists that will differ each time you play the game depending entirely on the choices you make throughout.

8 THE STANLEY PARABLE

The Stanley Parable plays much like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, but it also shares some similarities to earlier text-based games like Zork in that much of the decision-making involves determining where you go and what you do when you get there.

The game features narration that helps direct the player to choose between one or more actions that ultimately drive the story. As it comes to a conclusion, the players can find themselves in one of the many hilarious endings to the game, which almost demands multiple playthroughs just to see how it could have gone with different choices.

7 THE WOLF AMONG US

Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us follows the company’s familiar format of a graphics-intensive “Choose Your Own Adventure”, but with a twist. The game is a combination of a fantasy-noir adventure story, which breaks the genre and helps to redefine it with its rich story and beautiful graphics.

From small choices that seem to have little consequence to larger decisions that clearly define how the story unfolds, players are faced with both to help instruct how the story plays out. This is a game where the decisions definitely matter, and because there are so many, no single playthrough will be the same as any other.

6 HEAVY RAIN

Heavy Rain is a great “Choose Your Own Adventure” game for the PS4 that centers around trying to find and stop a killer. The Origami Killer is on the loose, and it’s up to the player to find out exactly who is carrying out the deadly tromp through the city.

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Gameplay features an ability to make choices via dialogue interactions with different characters. As the player proceeds through the game, saying the right thing might help to find the killer while saying the wrong words could end up getting someone else killed making this game incredibly reliant on dialogue choices more than anything else.

5 REIGNS: HER MAJESTY

For anyone who has ever used dating apps like Tinder, this may be the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ game for you! In Reigns: Her Majesty, players are given the option to make decisions by either swiping left or right, but those decisions have an impact on how the game develops.

Each time you make a swipe from one side to the other, your kingdom’s subjects will carry out tasks and help you to build a and improve your gameplay. Your decisions based on their wishes will help to build your dynasty making this a fun, yet simple game that follows the format.

4 STORIES UNTOLD

Stories Untold combines many of the elements familiar to the Choose Your Own Adventure game format. Taking elements from text-based adventure, puzzle solving, and first-person exploration games, this episodic horror fuses them all within a 1980s technology themed adventure.

The game takes place in England back in 1986 (Pretty close to Bandersnatch there), and features four episodes. Making the right choice will determine how everything plays out as the player determines exactly what kind of story they want to play. Each episode starts out as a single game of sorts until they all come together in the end to form a cohesive tale.

3 LIFE IS STRANGE

Life Is Strange is one of those genre-defining games that helped to refine the “Choose Your Own Adventure format into a new format of gaming. The game follows the story of a teenager who can rewind time to make new decisions different than the ones made previously.

This is done to try and uncover the secrets that have plagued her coastal town in Oregon. There are tons of mystery elements spread throughout the game, which help to make the decisions the player makes differ each time they play through Life Is Strange as they build to the inevitable twist fans of Bandersnatch are sure to love.

2 THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON ONE

Building from the hit comic book and television series, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season One tells its own unique story within the series’ popular premise. This game features the levels of suspense you would expect from a zombie horror title, but it gets intense as you progress through the game.

RELATED: 10 Characters The Walking Dead Wants Us To Forget

Each decision you make determines how the story will unfold, but it’s not as simple as choosing one path or another. Many decisions will directly result in whether or not the people around you live or die, which makes this one of the most harrowing and intense games in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format.

1 UNDERTALE

Undertale is a unique sort of game on this list because while it does follow a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format, it does so in a way that is entirely different from the other games listed here. Instead of making decisions based on dialogue or pathways, the story changes based on your interaction with enemies.

When you find an enemy, you are given the option to either fight or befriend them. Whatever your decision, the gameplay will unfold differently, and it could go on to be a lovely tale or end in a more darker one similar to the way many viewers came to the end of Bandersnatch.

NEXT: 15 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Undertale


2019-04-23 03:04:25

Jonathan H. Kantor

10 Best Harry Potter Board Games, Ranked

For those who have been known to murmur, “Wingardium Leviosa,” in their sleep (and sometimes wake up to a floating pillow), these Harry Potter games are for you. Ranked from “pretty fun” to “out of this muggle world”, these are the best Harry Potter themed board games for your next post-Triwizard Tournament gathering.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Don’t be afraid of a little friendly competition among pals with these special games. Crack open a butterbeer and enjoy.

10 Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

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Trivial Pursuit is a classic game for a reason – its mechanics are simple and its questions are tough. This ultimate edition of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit includes 1800 questions based on information from the movie franchise, including content from all 8 Harry Potter films.

The game includes four custom movers, shaped into the house crests of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. The question categories include magical locations, objects and artifacts, the dark arts, spells and potions, magical people and animals and magical creatures. Test out your knowledge with this game – best played with a group who knows the films, so no one gets too stumped and left behind.

9 Harry Potter Hedbanz

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Hedbanz is a perfect party game for anyone aged 7 and up. 2-6 players can participate in this silly guessing game. Each player wears a headband upon which a card is placed. The card has a picture on it of something or someone under a category, like spells or creatures.

Players must ask others “yes” or “no” questions to try and determine what is on their card, collecting a chocolate frog token for a correct guess before reloading with a new card. Potion tokens mix up the game by requiring an act out, rhyme or description as a clue. The first player to collect 5 chocolate frog tokens is the winner of the night.

8 Harry Potter Clue

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This is a very exciting version of the classic game of Clue. In this edition, the game board is a map of Hogwarts, and players move around the castle to try and solve the mystery of a student who has disappeared from the school. The board has a twist: it features wheels, that when turned can reveal secret passages and move the rooms.

Players can choose to take on the role of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Luna or Neville. The objective is to determine who attacked the missing student, what spell they used and where they did it. Players move to Dumbledore’s office when they are ready to make an accusation, looking out for the Dark Mark along the way, which players can protect themselves from using Help cards. This is one of the best-themed Clues there is and a lot of fun as a family game.

7 Pictopia: Harry Potter Edition

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Pictopia is a picture trivia game, making it inclusive of any pre-literate members of your family who may want to join in the witchcraft and wizardry. The game contains 1000 questions relating to all of the Harry Potter movies, including Fantastic Beasts. The game is a low-pressure choice for trivia fans, as sometimes the group works together, while other times players operate as individuals.

It takes away from the competitiveness and adds a cooperative element. Players look at the photos on each card that is drawn, and before hearing the question, they wager based on how well they know the topics that they see, and how likely they feel they are to answer correctly. This is a great family game and a good companion to a Harry Potter movie night.

6 Harry Potter Codenames

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In this version of Codenames, cards have both words and pictures on them, making the experience more appealing and attractive. The cards feature content from the Harry Potter universe, but the game mechanics make it so that players can be included who aren’t as familiar with Harry Potter knowledge.

Like in the original game, two teams compete, each with a player who gives one-word clues to hint at secret agents located in the cards. Players want to guess the correct cards for their team, while avoiding helping their opponents by accidentally guessing theirs. Both teams must avoid choosing the Death Eaters, as we all know that can’t possibly go well.

5 Harry Potter Labyrinth

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Labyrinth is a strategic game that can be played by kids and adults alike. As in the original, a moving maze exists on a game board, with pathways changing on each turn as players pull and replace tiles. Players move their pieces around the labyrinth, attempting to collect treasures and block the rest of the group from getting to them first.

The treasures are representative of creatures and characters from the Harry Potter world, while the board is covered in spells. This is a challenging, mentally satisfying game and this version allows fans to collect their favorite Harry Potter heroes and villains.

4 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game

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It’s hard to argue with the fact that a game players build themselves, before playing, deserves a high spot on the list of best Harry Potter games. This LEGO set contains everything you need to build a board, replicating the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The objective is to gather objects from various classrooms, corresponding with the Hogwarts house you are playing for.

The first person to return to their common room with all of their objects is the winner. Because this board is made of LEGO, it’s fully customizable and players can make choices when building, to give themselves the upper hand and throw off their opponents. Players encounter magical obstacles along their race to the common room. This is a great game to challenge creativity and allow endless replay, as the board can be different every time.

3 Fantastic Beasts: Perilous Pursuit

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This game is based on Fantastic Beasts, the newest big screen addition to the Harry Potter universe and one in which we fell in love with new characters and creatures. In this game, some beasts have escaped from Newt Scamander’s suitcase and are roaming around NYC. Players take on the roles of Newt, Tina, Jacob and Queenie.

The four must work together in this cooperative dice game, to return creatures to Newt’s suitcase before the non-magical community notices them. Players use dice to complete actions such as shielding one another, drawing cards and eventually capturing all of the creatures and getting them back where they are safely hidden away. The game art is beautiful and well within the fantastical theme of the game and film.

2 Hogwarts Battle

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In this cooperative deck-building game, players work together to defend the wizarding world from the grips of evil and the Dark Lord. Players accumulate magical items, gain skills to master spells and recruit allies to help the group win the game. There are 7 adventure scenarios included in the game, each increasing in difficulty, so the narrative gets more interesting after each time you are able to beat it.

Players take on the role of a heroic character – either Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger or Neville Longbottom. Because the game is cooperative and involves the group playing a team of friends who fight forces of evil, this game is perfectly thematic for Harry Potter fans and a fun challenge that gets more tricky as players improve.

1 Magical Beasts

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In this narrative, magical creatures and beasts have broken loose throughout Hogwarts and its surrounding grounds. They must be captured. Players act as Harry, Ron, Hermione or Ginny, tracking down the beasts. The objective is to travel around the board, collecting clues to eventually find and recapture a beast.

The board is fun and unique – it’s structured to swing, alternating between the interior of the Hogwarts castle and outdoors, on the grounds. Rolling a passage icon with the die causes the board to flip and transfer to its alternate location. Traveling between the two is risky, as it can cost a clue – but it might also be what it takes to win the game. Collecting four clue cards for a beast makes you the hero and winner of the game.

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2019-04-22 08:04:46

Amanda McQueen

20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Following the Wii U, which, despite strong sales of a few of its titles, was ultimately a commercial flop by most standards, a lot of people were ready to write Nintendo’s eulogy as a hardware manufacturer. However, as anyone who has been around for awhile is well aware, Nintendo should never be underestimated and is always ready to bounce back from the brink of failure in spectacular fashion.

The Switch just celebrated its two-year anniversary and is showing no signs of slowing down, breaking sales records left and right and is in striking distance of the Xbox One to become the second best-selling console of the current generation. Much of that success has to do with the Switch’s software library, which not only contains the usual greatness from Nintendo itself but stronger third-party support than a Nintendo console has had in quite some time. The Switch also just has a large number of titles period for this point in its lifespan… and unlike the Wii, it isn’t padded out by an excessive amount of party game shovelware and lazy license-based garbage (yet.)

As we go into the Switch’s third year, the console continues to have a bright outlook in terms of both the quantity and quality of its upcoming lineup. Here, we highlight some of the most noteworthy titles that have been confirmed to be releasing sometime in 2019, though of course release dates are always subject to change. And just for fun, we’ve sprinkled in a few titles that don’t yet have a concrete release window but just might surprise us by showing up for the Switch before the end of the year.

25 Possibly Coming: Doom Eternal

The Switch port of the 2016 Doom reboot surprised a lot of people, not only because it existed at all but because it was a technically proficient version of the game— and playable on a portable system, no less. Best of all, the Switch version of Doom actually sold well, which meant that Nintendo console owners were finally wising up and learning to support third-party games to help ensure that they get more of them.

And getting more of them they did, first in the form of a Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, followed by the announcement that the upcoming sequel Doom Eternal would be coming to Switch alongside the PS4, XB1, and PC versions. It’s unclear if the Switch version— or any versions— will be out this year, but here’s hoping.

24 Confirmed: Yoshi’s Crafted World

While Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a bonafide classic that some people even call their favorite “Mario game,” subsequent attempts to keep Yoshi’s Island going as its own separate franchise have largely fallen short. It wasn’t until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U that the usually-green dinosaur finally got to star in a decent platform game that wasn’t just another disappointing Yoshi’s Island remake/sequel.

Sticking with Woolly World‘s basic gameplay formula but going with an aesthetic that is more cardboard than yarn, Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like it’ll be another fun, visually-arresting platformer for kids and families when it hits the Switch later this month. We appreciate all these Switch ports of Wii U games and all, but we like it even more when a Wii U game gets an actual sequel on the Switch instead.

23 Confirmed: Mortal Kombat 11

A lot of people like to still retroactively rag on Nintendo for censoring the original Mortal Kombat when it came to the SNES, but that’s a pretty silly complaint given that every single subsequent MK that has come to a Nintendo platform has made the transition with all the mature content intact. In fact, the Wii U is the first Nintendo console to ever lack a Mortal Kombat game, something that won’t be repeated with the Switch.

Furthermore, unlike what often happens with MK games coming to a Nintendo system, Switch owners won’t even have to wait that long to get their hands on Mortal Kombat 11— the game is slated to hit Switch in May, only a month after the other versions. Just don’t hold your breath for any Nintendo-exclusive characters in the game!

22 Confirmed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

One surefire way to know that a console is doing well is when third parties start bringing out AAA games exclusively for the platform. It’s easy enough for cynical people to say they don’t need a Switch because they don’t care about Mario or Zelda, but when games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 start showing up, it takes a lot more effort to objectively dismiss the Switch’s lineup.

The long-awaited sequel to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series— which itself was the follow-up to the X-Men Legends games—  Ultimate Alliance 3 brings back classic characters from the franchise while also introducing ones that have gained popularity since the release of the last game thanks to the MCU. See the Guardians of the Galaxy mixing it up with the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more sometime in the summer/fall 2019 range.

21 Confirmed: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

When Squaresoft and Enix merged into Square Enix in 2003, it effectively brought an end to one of the biggest rivalries in gaming history: Final Fantasy vs Dragon Quest. Of course, Western territories had long since chosen Final Fantasy as the preferred franchise, while in Japan, Dragon Quest was and continues to be the bigger series. But one thing that can’t be disputed is that the DQ franchise has been far more consistent, and that tradition continues through the 11th installment, finally being released outside of Japan last September for PS4 and PC.

An enhanced version of DQXI is now coming to the Switch, and will be out in the U.S. by the end of the year. It features new orchestral music and the option to play in a special 16-bit graphics mode carried over from the Japan-only 3DS version.

20 Possibly Coming: Shin Megami Tensei V

As one of the games first shown alongside the public reveal of the Switch itself, Shin Megami Tensei V has been one of the most-anticipated titles for the system. Two years on, Atlus still hasn’t committed to anything resembling an official release date, though they did at least finally confirm a North American version this past fall.

Part of the larger Megami Tensei brand that also includes the Persona and Devil Summoner offshoots, Shin Megami Tensei is technically the main series and goes all the way back to the 1980s. But in that time, there have only been four core numbered installments, making a new one a huge deal— and an even bigger one for Switch fans as it is exclusive to that platform. Maybe a 2019 release, especially in the West, is a long shot… but it’s not impossible.

19 Confirmed: Super Mario Maker 2

The original Super Mario Maker was one of the killer apps for the Wii U as well as perhaps the best example of a game that wouldn’t have been nearly as effective without a tablet controller. A sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion, but it was still exciting when Nintendo officially unveiled one in February— especially since it was also revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 was coming as early as June.

Among the confirmed additions to the game this time around are the ability to make sloped terrain, and the inclusion of assets and mechanics from Super Mario 3D World. Luigi is heavily featured in the promo art, hinting at a multiplayer component, but that has yet to be confirmed. Our fingers are definitely crossed that we’ll be able to create co-op levels.

18 Confirmed: Team Sonic Racing

There’s no denying that Mario is king of video game kart racing, but that’s not to say that his former rival, Sonic, doesn’t also know his way around a track. After a rough start with the Sonic Drift series, Sonic and company became legitimate contenders in the genre with the two Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing games— even if their titles are an awkward mouthful.

Abandoning the Sega fan service and focusing on just the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Team Sonic Racing is going to be a more story-driven affair but is still expected to have the same level of polish and fun on the track. While this means less character and level variety, that doesn’t mean the game itself won’t still be a blast. But we’ll all find out for sure when it hits the Switch this May.

17 Confirmed: Super Meat Boy Forever

One of the early success stories of the big indie gaming movement of the late-2000s, Super Meat Boy hearkened back to a time when games were easy to learn but difficult to master, humbling a generation of gamers who had gotten lazy with the the comparative easiness of modern gaming.

Original programmer Tommy Refenes is once again the sole credited programmer on Super Meat Boy Forever, which began life as a merely a mobile version of the original game but eventually evolved into a full-on sequel. Among the major differences this time around are randomly-generated levels said to be based on how the game is reading the player’s skill, and the ability to kick and punch. Nintendo proudly showcased the Switch version back in the summer of 2017, and it’s finally set to release this April.

16 Confirmed: Animal Crossing

It’s hard to believe, but the last traditional Animal Crossing game was New Leaf, released all the way back in 2012 for the 3DS. If you need proof that Nintendo had quickly lost faith in the Wii U, look no further than the company not even bothering to put a core AC game on the system.

Hopefully, that extra time has meant that the company has been working hard to finally reinvent the formula that they have essentially been recycling since the original installment when the AC series finally gets a new mainline entry for the Switch later this year. Though, after the insult that was Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U, we’ll just be happy to play a good AC game again even if it is just more of the same ol’ Tom Nook servitude.

15 Confirmed: Astral Chain

While they sometimes have to take on ill-fated licensed fare to help keep the lights on, Platinum Games has largely developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent and reliable game developers of the last decade, especially in the realm of action games. And while they are also hard at work on the third installment of a certain trilogy starring a certain curvy witch— more on that later— for Switch, the always-busy team recently unveiled yet another Switch game that have in the pipeline that is slated for release this summer.

Little is known about Astral Chain beyond what can be culled from the debut trailer, but so far it looks like the typical stylish, over-the-top action that Platinum is best known for. We can’t wait to learn more about this promising title in the coming months.

14 Possibly Coming: Bayonetta 3

Nintendo did a lot wrong with the Wii U, but there are also some things they at least tried to do right— one of which was snatching up the sequel for cult hit Bayonetta and announcing it as a Wii U exclusive. From that point on, Bayonetta has essentially become a Nintendo-exclusive franchise, and we’re going to see more of her on the Switch beyond the ports of the first two games and her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

All we’ve seen so far of Bayonetta 3 is a very brief teaser, but there are few game characters that we’re content to be teased by. The lack of new footage means it’s likely still a ways off, but Bayo likes to keep us on our toes, so we wouldn’t count her out for a surprise return sometime this year.

13 Confirmed: Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

With the launch of Kickstarter, Keiji Inafune and Koji Igrashi— key figures behind Mega Man and Castlevania, respectively— saw an avenue with which to leave behind companies they felt stifled by and create true spiritual successors to the franchises that were being mishandled by their parent companies. Inafune’s attempt, Mighty No. 9, fell far short of that goal. We can only remain optimistic that IGA’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fares much better.

The much, much delayed game was originally supposed to have a Wii U port— that’s how long ago Bloodstained was meant to be released. But its Nintendo representation moved to the Switch, and all signs point to Bloodstained finally being released sometime in the next few months. Don’t let us down, IGA. Castlevania fans have been put through enough heartbreak already.

12 Confirmed: Dragon Quest Builders 2

It might seem like a really short lead time between Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the original game, the latter of which only just hit the Switch last February. So how can the sequel be promising a July release of this year already? Well, Dragon Quest Builders was actually first released for the PS4 and Vita in Japan way back in January of 2016, so the developers have already had three years to work on part two even though Switch owners only just got the first game.

If anything, Square Enix are probably taking a risk releasing the sequel while so many people are probably still enjoying the original, but we’ll never complain about too many DQ games getting localized for the West— sometimes, we don’t see one for years at a time.

11 Confirmed: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

One of the most unfairly overlooked games of Nintendo’s jam-packed February Direct was the Switch port of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, originally released for PS4 and PC in 2017. Considering that developer Ninja Theory took a year bringing it to Xbox One and then another year on the Switch port, it’s obvious that they want each version to be the best that it can be. And if any version has a lot to prove in terms of what it can accomplish from a technical standpoint, it’s the Switch version.

Like most Ninja Theory games, Hellblade is a fast-paced action game at its core, but the story also explores complicated themes of psychosis, the depiction of which earned the game praise from neuroscience experts. If you missed the other versions, give it a try on the Switch when it releases this spring.

10 Confirmed: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Even though Switch owners still haven’t been told for sure that they’re getting their own version of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy— though we have to imagine it’s a matter of “when” instead of “if”— Activision has at least confirmed a Switch version of their next PlayStation-era remaster coming this June.

Though they cheaped out a bit this time by only remastering one game instead of a collection of them, the original Crash Team Racing is the one that’s most worth having anyway. And as people are no doubt finally starting to get a little tired of Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCrash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a great way to keep busy until the Switch finally gets its first truly new Mario Kart installment. Still, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing, while not amazing, would’ve been a nice inclusion…

9 Confirmed: Dead By Daylight

While the words “online shooter” in terms of a Nintendo Switch game typically conjures images of cute octopuses spraying ink and characters popping llama piñatas while dabbing, there are actually more hardcore shooters on the Switch already and even more on the way. And one of the most interesting upcoming games that hopes to change the way people think about online shooters on the Switch is Dead by Daylight.

Due out in the fall, the Switch port of the PS4, XB1, and PC game is an online-only multiplayer game where five people play asymmetrically in teams of one versus four, with the four having to hide from and escape the one. Reviews for the other versions have been somewhat mixed, but most agree it’s an intriguing concept and it might find a nice home on the Switch.

8 Possibly Coming: Digimon Survive

While Digimon fans take offense when the franchise is dismissed as a Pokémon rip-off, there’s no disputing that it has failed to maintain the popularity of Nintendo’s monster battling brand. But Digimon has never really gone away, at least not in Japan— it just hasn’t had as much of a presence anywhere else in recent years. Bandai Namco is hoping to turn that around, however, with the upcoming Digimon Survive.

Looking to reinvent the brand a bit with a different gameplay style and a darker tone, Digimon Survive, true to its title, is about trying to keep your creatures alive under harsh conditions rather than capturing and battling them. Not much else is known about the game, including when it is actually going to come out, but a 2019 release isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

7 Confirmed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series actually dates all the way back to 1990, but the franchise stayed mostly in Japan until Marth and Roy showed up in 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee and got non-Japanese gamers curious. Nintendo then decided to test the waters by localizing the next entry in the Fire Emblem series in the West, and the franchise has been a worldwide property ever since.

Unfortunately, that also began a period where the number of new Fire Emblem games began to slow significantly, with only three core entries released since 2012. This makes the upcoming Three Houses— due this summer— a really big deal, especially since it’ll be the first mainline game not released for a strictly handheld system since 2007’s Radiant Dawn for Wii.

6 Confirmed: Luigi’s Mansion 3

The GameCube marked the first time a new Nintendo console didn’t have a Super Mario game ready to go on the first day of its release in the U.S. The shock and disappointment of this revelation put an unfair amount of pressure on launch game Luigi’s Mansion, which people were too hard on because it wasn’t a sufficient replacement for a Super Mario game— even though it was never trying to be.

Luckily, most people have come around on Luigi’s Mansion since, and the game eventually earned enough retrospective love that Nintendo finally gave the game both a sequel and a remake on the 3DS. Now, after nearly 20 years, the series returns to consoles with the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which doesn’t have a firm release date yet but Nintendo assures us will be sometime this year.

5 Confirmed: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Nintendo likes to save the biggest surprises for the end of its Nintendo Directs, and they certainly had a big one ready to cap off their February one— a full-on remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch. And coming by the end of this year, no less!

A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time get most of the love in terms of retro Zelda games, but everyone who has played Link’s Awakening—  which also saw a colorized re-release on Game Boy Color— knows that it deserves its place among the best and most unique Zelda adventures. It’s definitely a great candidate for a remake, especially since it essentially marks the return of classic 2D-style Zelda on a Nintendo home console for the first time since the series went 3D.

4 Confirmed: Oninaki

In between the latest new installment of Final FantasyDragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix have been releasing a bunch of smaller-scale RPGs that hearken back to their 90s heyday. Following in that tradition of games like Bravely Degault for 3DS and Octopath Traveler for Switch comes the upcoming Oninaki, which feels like something of a bridge between those two halves of Square Enix’s portfolio and is headed up by one of the directors of none other than Chrono Trigger.

Another of the more mysterious games on this list, all we really know about Oninaki at this point is that its an action/RPG with gorgeous visuals, and impressive pedigree, and is due to hit the Switch sometime in 2019. And, really, what else is there to know in order to be excited for this game?

3 Confirmed: Daemon X Machina

Not sure what to make of this game’s weird title that reminds us of what bounced-back emails used to say? Hop on Switch right now and download the free demo for yourself, as that’ll certainly tell you far more about the game and whether you should care about it than we possibly could.

That aside, it’s a third-person mech action game that is playable by up to four people at once and comes courtesy of the developers of the Senran Kagura games. Whether or not Dameon X Machina will have any “bounce” remains to be seen, but it thus far seems unlikely. Snarkiness aside, it’s a really cool-looking games that should scratch a lot of itches when it comes out later this year.

2 Confirmed: Pokémon Sword/Shield

For all of Pokémon‘s history up to this point, there has been a clear division between the console games and the handheld games. Most importantly, only handhelds ever got the real, core installments in the series, with consoles just seeing spin-offs and such. Well, with the Switch blurring the lines between what is a console and what is a handheld, a new mainline Pokémon game will finally technically come to a console this year with the release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. And, no, don’t believe the rumors of a third game, Pokémon Gun— that was simply a joke that got taken too far.

Three brand new starters have already been shown for Sword and Shield, and we’re sure that’s just the start of the reveals that Nintendo will slowly dole out in the coming months.

1 Possibly Coming: Metroid Prime Trilogy

We wanted to mostly stick to games that have at least been officially announced for this list, but for the final spot, we couldn’t resist jumping on the speculation bandwagon for Metroid Prime Trilogy HD/Remaster/whatever it’s going to be called if and when Nintendo finally just confirms it.

Following the heartbreaking announcement that Metroid Prime 4 is likely still years away, Nintendo needs to do something to keep Metroid fans happy and the franchise in people’s good graces. What better way to do that then to release a remaster of the Wii’s Metroid Prime Trilogy, only in HD? The many supposed leaks of the game seem to point to there being a pretty good chance it’s in development, and maybe even coming fairly soon. Just make it official already, Nintendo— and for a 2019 release, preferably.


2019-04-20 08:04:24

Chris Hodges

Gearbox Boss Thinks Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store Exclusivity Will Change Gaming

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford thinks that the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal will be the start of a massive change in the gaming industry, according to a series of tweets the president of the company fired off into the void over the course of this past weekend. Pitchford is no stranger to lengthy speeches—anyone familiar with the Borderlands 3 reveal event at PAX East just under a month ago will know that the Gearbox boss has a penchant for saying what’s on his mind.

Borderlands 3 was the center of controversy when it was announced the game would be skipping Valve’s Steam platform for the first six months of its release, with publisher 2K Games deciding to enter into an exclusivity deal with the fledgling Epic Games Store. It’s a big get for Epic, a company with more than enough money to fund a successful digital distribution platform that simply needs major games to choose its service. For Borderlands 3, however, it was a decidedly more middling affair—while some people had no issue with the decision, some decided to review bomb Borderlands 2 while attempting to protest a move that was inexplicably being called unfair.

Related: Borderlands 3 Is An Epic Games Store Exclusive, Releases This September

Pitchford began his weekend tweetstorm by reminding fans that, while he apparently has “some influence” on the process, the choice of Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity ultimately fell to 2K Games. He also wasn’t shy in acknowledging that the Epic Games Store is lacking a number of the features that players find appealing about Steam, but Pitchford then suggested Epic’s roadmap for its online store, while already enticing, was likely not even the entirety of features that will be added over the coming months. With all the caveats out of the way, Pitchford began to illustrate why he believes Steam is no longer the future of gaming, and why Borderlands 3 could be the catalyst in changing the game industry as we know it:

To be fair, Pitchford was not attempting to assert that it was solely the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal that would bring about these changes. Rather, the Gearbox boss was insistent that having major releases like Borderlands 3 as early adopters of Epic’s platform would help bolster it during its most vulnerable periods after launch, helping to establish a legitimate competitor for Steam faster. Essentially, Pitchford is making the extremely compelling argument that competition in any business sector leads to a better environment for consumers, and as Valve scrambles to appeal to developers considering leaving the platform and Epic places a high priority on customer satisfaction, that assertion already seems to be coming true. Of course, in true Pitchford fashion, he couldn’t resist a little dig:

The “brigade” he’s discussing is likely the attempt at tearing down Borderlands on Steam, so it’s fair play to a man whose franchise, which is noted for its high quality and innovative approach to shooters, has been unfairly attacked by those upset with the digital distribution landscape.

As much as Pitchford’s thread can sometimes lose a bit of focus—it’s a lot of tweets all at once—it makes some excellent points about why the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal is probably a good thing for gaming overall. Creating competition will give digital distribution platforms incentive to pass savings on to consumers while constantly tweaking their features and, given what a toxic hellhole Steam has become when it comes to curation policy, it’s hard to imagine things getting worse as a result. We’ll wait and see, but for now, Pitchford’s impassioned speech has made yet another compelling case for the Epic Games Store, even if suggesting the inclusion of Borderlands 3 in its offerings will be a historic turning point in gaming is a pretty bold prediction.

Next: Borderlands 3 Revealed at PAX East 2019, Will Have One Billion Guns

Source: @DuvalMagic



2019-04-17 07:04:07

Cody Gravelle

10 Impossible Dark Souls Cosplays That Seemed As Hard As The Games

The Dark Souls series probably have some of the most memorable bosses in gaming because any player who has come across them will surely associate them with some intense emotions. Sometimes it can be fear due to their design, other times they inspire awe, but most of the time, they induce rage – enough to reduce a grown man to a bawling infant.

For that matter, bosses and characters throughout the three Dark Souls games are so memorable as to warrant some cosplay love. The problem is, their designs can be downright alien, freaky, or too cool to even consider imitating. Still, that’s not a problem for the most creative and most resourceful of cosplayers who, like Dark Souls games veterans, have triumphed and overcome the challenge of doing it.

Here are 10 of the seemingly impossible Dark Souls cosplays that were made possible.

RELATED: The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Dark Souls 2 Bosses

10 NAMELESS KING FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Not quite impossible for a regular cosplayer, right? The Nameless King is the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 3, and in a sea of difficult bosses, that’s saying something. Here’s a commendable attempt to cosplay the Nameless King.

Throw in a wig or some white pompoms and voila, you would think that you can imitate heavy metal incarnate, but no. It’s not the appearance that makes the Nameless King near impossible to cosplay, it’s the company. You see, the nameless king also has a pet giant crow/dragon who is a huge part of the boss fight, both literally and mechanically. Without Storm Crow-san, he’s only half as badass.

9 DANCER OF THE BOREAL VALLEY FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Beautiful, enigmatic, and will probably take a dozen failures on average before she is defeated. The Dancer of the Boreal Valley is one of the most treacherous bosses in Dark Souls 3. She constantly delays and mixes up some of her attacks, making her moves quite hard to evade. The fight with her is a dance players need to learn or they will die… many times. However, what makes her truly hard to faithfully cosplay is her posture.

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The Dancer has long limbs and usually walks like a contortionist on steroids which would make even Samara from The Ring look like a child by comparison. Good luck maintaining that posture without subjecting your neck and back to torture. Still, props to cosplayers for managing to make that armor!

8 ALDRICH DEVOURER OF GODS FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Aldrich was one tragic boss in Dark Souls 3 as he used to be a humanoid character in the original Dark Souls. Now, look what he’s become. Apparently, he got devoured and assimilated by that… thing. For that reason alone, cosplaying Aldrich is hard with all the black ghastly dried goo thing which doubles as the skirt. Nevertheless, we have this.

Thank goodness for wedding gowns and goth dyes. Did we also mention that Aldrich is one of the most difficult bosses of Dark Souls 3? At the very least, the cosplayer slayed him in their portrayal.

7 PRINCES LORIAN & LOTHRIC FROM DARK SOULS 3

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As you might have guessed, this royal duo from Dark Souls 3 is also a royal pain in the butt to defeat. In fact, they are also among the top most difficult bosses in Dark Souls 3. Still, fighting them somehow instigates guilt due to the fact that Lorian is a crippled zombie and his younger brother Lothric is lethargic. Despite that, Lorian acts as both Lothric’s protector and carrier.

RELATED: 5 Reasons Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is Better than Dark Souls (and 5 Why It’s Worse)

Such a regrettable brotherly bond must also be reflected in cosplays, hence we have stuff like this.

It’s quite obvious which is the hardest part of this cosplay. One cosplayer will have to murder and sacrifice their knees for the sake of brotherly love.

6 SIEGMEYER/SIEGLINDE OF CATARINA FROM DARK SOULS

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There are many words and monikers you can use to describe Siegmeyer: Onion Knight, Thicc Bro, Big Boi, etc. However, “friend” will suffice. Of course, he’s not a boss in Dark Souls, but rather, the bravest (or most foolhardy) adventurer you will encounter. Despite facing nightmare-inducing horrors, he is still pleasant to chat with and his armor and voice gives off those laid-back uncle vibes.

Replicating such qualities in cosplay is easier said than done, but here we are.

It’s not just Siegmeyer’s armor that’s hard to copy, one also has to be a pleasant conversationist and of course, be a bit “munchy in the middle” so to speak. His daughter, Sieglinde, also wears the same armor.

5 EXECUTIONER SMOUGH FROM DARK SOULS

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Despite being clad in thick steel, Smough is no knight in shining armor. Also, despite his radiant rolls, he is by no means as cuddly as Siegmeyer. Smough is actually quite notorious, being part of the dynamic duo boss of Dark Souls. He and his comrade, Ornstein, separate the boys from the men with their golden tag-team of death.

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What does make a Smough cosplay difficult to pull off is the impossibly huge belly… and the impossibly huge hammer he wields which is supposed to be nearly as big as him. Still, cosplayers refuse to accept defeat.

Nailed it.

4 HAVEL THE ROCK

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To top off our consecutive fat dudes in fat armor cosplays, here’s one of the most immovable objects in Dark Souls. The dragonslayer Havel would have given Dwayne Johnson a run for his money. This miniboss probably deserves “The Rock” as a moniker better; his whole armor and shield are made from rocks and his huge mace weapon is actually a dragon’s fang. No matter how much you hit this guy, he just won’t budge.

Sadly (and understandably), no actual rocks were used by cosplayers.

That means you can’t just go around kicking a Havel cosplayer hoping for them to shrug off your blows.

3 GRAVELORD NITO FROM DARK SOULS

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If there ever was a “most horrific” boss design award for Dark Souls, it would have gone to Edgelord– sorry, Gravelord Nito or as the game community regards him: Big Papa Nito. It’s still a big mystery what (or which) Nito really is in person. Is he one of those skellies? Or are they a group of corpses who have decided to call their antisocial social club Nito?

RELATED: 9 Hilarious Dark Souls Memes That Will Make Players Say “Same”

Regardless cosplayers have found a way to make some neat-O attempts of Nito cosplays.

Even a Gravelord needs its daily dose of suntan from time to time while looking fashionable in a winter coat.

2 KING JEREMIAH FROM DARK SOULS

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King Jeremiah is one of the biggest non-boss anomalies in Dark Souls. You see, he’s a king, but he probably disliked cookie cutter crown designs, so why not pile up some cloth on your head as high as you can while still being functional in combat? The first time you meet him in-game, you’ll probably bust a gut since he sticks out like a sore thumb with “sore” being an understatement.

One look at that headpiece and you’d think it would intimidate cosplayers, but no…

It’s a giant egg whisk for those of you wondering how they pulled that off.

1 SIF THE GREAT GREY WOLF FROM DARK SOULS

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Without a doubt, Sif is one of the most unique and unforgettable bosses in Dark Souls. He is actually the loyal pet companion of Knight Artorias who died heroically while single-handedly holding off apocalyptic forces. Despite his master’s death, Sif has chosen to protect Artorias’ legacy… until you show up and kill the honorable sad wolf even as he limped from the injuries you inflicted.

Being a good boy, cosplayers and dog lovers who have played Dark Souls have chosen to honor Sif’s courage and loyalty with this.

Unwieldy sword? Check. Murderous gaze? Check. As an added bonus, you get to be judged by a condescending husky.

NEXT: Dark Souls Creator: Battle Royale Game ‘Definitely’ A Possibility



2019-04-17 05:04:24

Sid Natividad

Borderlands 2 Was Suddenly One of Steam’s Most Played Games

Borderlands 2 has seen a big boost in popularity on the Steam store, becoming one of the most played titles according to some analytical data. This is something of a strange development considering the game was the recent attack of review bombs on Steam due to Gearbox announcing that their upcoming Borderlands 3 would be an Epic Games Store exclusive until 2020.

Borderlands 2 originally released in 2012 and instantly became one of the most popular games in the world. With sales north of 13 million copies sold worldwide, it’s also the most successful game ever for publisher 2K. Its long-awaited sequel, Borderlands 3, was officially revealed at PAX East earlier this year and, should it follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, could prove to be one of the biggest games of the modern era. Still, it looks like Borderlands 2 isn’t ready to go quietly into the night, as the game recently saw a huge boost in players on Steam just months away from the release of Borderlands 3.

Related: Borderlands 3 Won’t Have Troy Baker Back, No One Seems To Know Why

According to GitHyp, which analyzes video game statistics and data, Borderlands 2 was one of the top 5 most played games on the Steam store last week. While it has remained in the top 50 most played games on the store, averaging around 10 thousand concurrent players for years now, its numbers recently shot up to around 60 thousand concurrent players. For comparison, Borderlands 2‘s highest numbers ever on Steam were 124 thousand concurrent players back in September of 2012.

There are a few potential reasons for Borderlands 2‘s sudden boost in popularity. Perhaps the most obvious is Gearbox’s announcement of Borderlands 3, nearly seven years after the release of Borderlands 2. But there’s also the fact that the game was just lowered in price by nearly 75 percent and the release of remastered graphics (completely free of charge) for The Handsome Collection (which packages both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel together). While these are certainly contributors, it’s still mighty impressive for such an older title to see a 500 percent increase in players, whatever the outside factors are.

Of course, there’s another reason that players could be flocking back to Borderlands 2 in large numbers: the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity outrage. Gearbox’s CEO has defended the move in spite of the growing concerns and complaints by consumers. Perhaps this is the player base showing Gearbox that they’re more than content to play Borderlands 2 until the exclusivity clause ends in 2020. While there’s no way to be certain either way, it’s clear that the game is still popular even years after its original release. It’ll be interesting to see if Borderlands 3 can have similar success when it drops later this year.

More: Borderlands 3 Trailer Teases Return of Fan Favorites

Source: GitHyp


2019-04-17 04:04:21

Corey Hoffmeyer

Epic Games Store Doesn’t Want To Be A Steam Clone

Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney has once again shared his thoughts regarding the Epic Games Store using Twitter, this time to discuss the future of the platform while also using Valve’s Steam digital distribution service as a point of comparison. Although the Epic Games Store is still relatively new, the burgeoning platform has been a major point of discussion in recent weeks as Epic continues to lure major developers away from Steam with timed exclusivity deals.

Sweeney previously made headlines for defending the need for the Epic Games Store’s exclusivity deals, which gamers had criticized as greedy or exploitative. Sweeney argued that launching a brand new digital distribution service into Steam’s monopolized market dictated the need to create incentives try it; he also later suggested that, should the time come where Epic feels secure in its platform’s place in the industry, he hoped they could do away with exclusive deals altogether. The Epic Games boss has attempted to maintain a clear dialogue with those who have concerns over the direction of the company’s storefront, and to his credit, it has helped clarify potential misunderstandings before they’ve occurred.

Related: Valve Keeps Getting It Wrong, And It Doesn’t Care

Sweeney’s latest post isn’t nearly as controversial as defending the largest point of contention for his new service. Instead, Sweeney took to Twitter to discuss how he envisions the Epic Games Store developing in the future. There were quite a few tweets discussing it, but the most important ones seemed to be those that were obviously using Steam as a point of comparison, something that’s likely unavoidable for Epic at the moment. Take a look:

Sweeney also discussed how the company will host other people’s content, particularly forums:

Clearly, the Epic Games Store is working hard to differentiate itself from its competitor, and Sweeney handles it with class. In discussing the roadmap of what Epic is planning, Sweeney simply dismisses the ideas that won’t be at play, like Steam’s trading card system, while also highlighting what’s coming, like gifting and achievements. One of the recurring themes that Sweeney mentions in these tweets is also the distinction that developers will be given a lot of tools and options that they can either choose to implement or ignore; forum integration and online support ticketing aren’t mandatory, but could provide helpful support to developers who need it. Sweeney also stated that PC & Mac versions of games would be distributed together with one purchase, and that the storefront would support M-rated games.

The Epic Games Store still needs some work. It’s a glitchy service sometimes, and its presentation is bare bones. But the priority on making developers feel comfortable and giving them a bigger cut of profits is a worthy one that Sweeney is more than happy to lean into, and as more AAA games begin to jump ship onto the fledgling digital distribution platform, it’s fair to wonder if the Epic Games Store will soon make like Fortnite and completely dominate its area of interest.

Next: Ex-Valve Employee Says Steam Was Killing Gaming Before Epic Games Store

Source: @TimSweeneyEpic



2019-04-12 01:04:55

Cody Gravelle

Ranking The Fallout Games, From Worst To Best

Fallout is the classic action/RPG franchise that lets players have fun salvaging for supplies in a bleak, hopeless nuclear landscape, but which is the best Fallout game? The original Fallout was the spiritual successor to a game called Wasteland and casts players as a survivor who must venture forth from the safety of their fallout shelter to explore the dangerous world outside.

That same basic setup could be applied to almost any entry in the Fallout series, but along the way, the franchise would develop its own distinct identity. From Nuka Cola to the Pip-Boy and Ron Perlman’s somber narration, the Fallout series promises players a vast, open-world landscape to get lost in – and barely survive encounters with roving mutants and Deathclaws.

Related: Why Fallout 4 Survival Mode Is The True Way To Play The Game

Let’s revisit the main entries in the series – apologies to Fallout: Pinball and Brotherhood Of Steel – and see which is the best Fallout game.

6. Fallout 76 (2018)

While Fallout 76 was met with a very mixed response due to buggy design, the departure in gameplay and other controversies surrounding its launch. It’s not an awful game overall, but it is extremely flawed. Fallout 76 is an online, multiplayer shooter, and allows players to band together to explore the wasteland. Aside from this core change, the gameplay is still very recognizable, mixing action and exploration but it feels somewhat lifeless compared to other entries. The lack of in-game NPCs also makes the world feel smaller and less interesting.

5. Fallout (1997)

The game that kicked it all off, Fallout is a solid top-down, turn-based RPG title. Players only familiar with the more recent entries might be shocked by how different the series used to look and play, but Fallout still originated all the key tropes of the franchise, from the retro-futuristic design to the story branching dialogue. The original is somewhat dated in design now, however.

4. Fallout 2 (1998)

Fallout 2 came out a year after the first and build on its foundation to make a stronger game. The sequel established the unique sense of humor of the series and is crammed with bizarre easter eggs and gags. It’s also more colorful and generally more entertaining. That said, a rushed production led to some annoying bugs, though the vastness of the game world makes up for this.

Related: Fallout 76 Survival Mode Beta Begins

3. Fallout 4 (2015)

Fans had to wait a long time for the arrival of Fallout 4 which is one of the most ambitious entries in the whole franchise. The game is the best looking in the series to date, featured much-improved combat mechanics and power armor added a new tactical element. The story mechanics took a hit, however, with the dialogue options being simplified and the narrative overall isn’t as interesting as other entries.

2. Fallout 3 (2008)

Bethesda Softworks took over the franchise with Fallout 3 which introduced a first-person perspective and a bigger focus on combat. This brought players into the scorched, post-nuclear landscape like never before, though some fans have lamented the changes the game made to the saga. Fallout 3 can be frequently buggy, but the scope of the open-world, variety of missions, side quests and the colorful characters that can be encountered make it an enthralling, classic RPG title.

1. Fallout: New Vegas (2010)

Fallout: New Vegas features the best narrative and characters of the entire franchise, and combined the improvements introduced in the third game while playing homage to the original titles. The game takes place in the Mojave desert, where players control the revenge-seeking Courier. The gameplay is just as in-depth as previous Fallout titles, but New Vegas does a fantastic job with the atmosphere of the world too, with players encounter more complex characters and factions. This one of the many reasons fans feel New Vegas is the best Fallout game.

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2019-04-05 12:04:30

Padraig Cotter