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Mega Man: The 10 Best Games In The Franchise, Ranked

Almost no series in the history of gaming has as many entries in its franchise than the Mega Man series. The little blue robot has jumped his way through countless levels, defeated innumerable Robot Masters, and gained a vast amount of special abilities from his opponents.

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The Mega Man series is a classic action platformer that has earned its place in the hearts of gamers. But which of the Mega Man games truly deserves the recognition that the series is known for? There are more than fifty Mega Man games, and not all of them are gems of the gaming world. Read on if you want to learn about the top ten Mega Man games in the franchise.

10 Mega Man 9

Often, classic games receive newfangled sequels that drastically depart from the aesthetic of the initial game. Mega Man 9 was created with the polar opposite idea in mind. Its visual appearance adheres to the classic 8-bit design that its predecessors were based on.

The tough gameplay, while alienating to some players, is also reminiscent of old-school Nintendo games. For fans of the original Mega Man games, the 2008 Mega Man 9 was a breath of fresh air after stagnant sequels that diverged from the retro formula. If you are looking for a classic Mega Man package in the modern era of gaming, look no farther than Mega Man 9. 

9 Mega Man & Bass

Mega Man & Bass is different from other Mega Man games in that it offers players a choice between two characters at the beginning of the game. You can play as either of the two titular characters. Mega Man’s respective abilities are more powerful charged shots and a ground slide. Bass’ abilities are a double jump and a rapid-fire arm cannon that shoots in eight directions.

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Aside from the novelty of including a second playable character, Mega Man & Bass also ups the difficulty factor of boss fights. Mega Man games have long been known for their steep difficulty levels. Mega Man & Bass continues that tradition in excellent form.

8 Mega Man Zero 3

The Mega Man Zero series does not follow our typical blue robot. Instead, the main character of the game switches to Zero. Zero is a sleeker, edgier version of the original Mega Man. Mega Man Zero 3 is the best game in this four-game offshoot of the Mega Man franchise.

Rave reviews are sparse, but Megan Man Zero 3 is an underrated game. It maintains the same quality of gameplay as the first two games in the series. It also upgraded the Cyber-Elf helper system with the new Satellite Cyber Elves. Players looking to branch out from the main Mega Man series could do worse than try out Mega Man Zero 3. 

7 Mega Man 3

Strange as it may seem for an entry released in 1990 to rank so highly on this list, Mega Man 3 speaks for itself. Mega Man introduced players to Rush, Mega Man’s canine companion. This robotic canine sidekick added to Mega Man’s list of abilities. Rush transformed into the “Rush Coil” to allow Mega Man to jump higher and reach faraway platforms.

He could also turn into an underwater submersible called the “Rush Marine,” allowing Mega Man to travel beneath the waves. We’re not trying to say that any game can be improved by a mechanical dog buddy. But we are saying that the Mega Man games were improved by a mechanical dog buddy.

6 Mega Man Powered Up

Mega Man Powered Up is technically a remake of the original Mega Man. It was released solely on the PlayStation Portable and covered the events of the first game’s story. However, drastic changes to the art style of the original were made. The 8-bit look was done away with. In its place were 3D visuals, complete with a “chibi” style, meaning heads were larger than bodies and every character just got a wee bit cuter.

However, don’t let the change in visuals turn you off from the game itself. It is classed as the best Mega Man remake, and definitely one of the best games to ever release on the PSP. Mega Man Powered Up caters to the affections of long-time fans in a way most remakes fail to.

5 Mega Man

No list ranking the best Mega Man games would be complete without mentioning the very first one. Credit should go where credit is due. Mega Man is the one that started it all, the game that kicked off one of Nintendo’s largest series to date. It was the first home console game that Capcom had ever developed, made for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

It was not commercially successful, at least not based on the revenue produced by the first game alone. But Mega Man can be termed successful by its legacy. The game design was well-received, and it spawned a franchise that is still producing games thirty-one years later. The Mega Man franchise flourishes because of the foundation this first game laid down.

4 Mega Man X

Mega Man X was released in 1993 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The most notable aspect of this game is the fact that it was the first Mega Man entry to be released on this system. The story of the series takes place a hundred years after the story of the original Mega Man series.

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It follows a new Mega Man simply called “X.” X isn’t all that different from his namesake. However, his ability to jump off from walls definitely raises him in our esteem. Mega Man X was a reinvention of the series that became popular as soon as it released. It was not as challenging as prior titles had been, which was a detriment in the eyes of some gamers, but it was fresh, new, and exciting.

3 Mega Man Legends 2

As will be seen in our top 3 entries on this list, the Mega Man franchise has a tendency to excel at sequels. The first game in a series is like a trial run. The second game reaches perfection. Mega Man Legends 2 is the sequel to Mega Man Legends. While the majority of games in the Mega Man series are known as 2D side-scrolling platformers, the Mega Man Legends series is a 3D action-adventure shooter.

Despite this massive departure from Mega Man’s usual formula, Mega Man Legends was loads of fun. And Mega Man Legends 2 exceeded the quality of the first Legends game by a landslide. It is a tragedy that a follow-up to Mega Man Legends 2 was never made.

2 Mega Man X2

Just as Mega Man Legends 2 improved upon its predecessor, Mega Man X2 improved upon Mega Man X. Vehicles were a welcome addition to the series. X could even use a hovercycle at one point of the game. The graphics for this second game showed a marked improvement over the graphics of the first.

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The new armor abilities at X’s disposal enhanced Mega Man X2 in comparison to the original. Of special note, the story for Mega Man X2 is worthy of praise, though perhaps that does not mean much given the sparse narrative of some other Mega Man games. Needless to say, Mega Man X2 is a game in the franchise that all fans should give a chance.

1 Mega Man 2

The first Mega Man, while it laid the groundwork for future Mega Man games, was a commercial flop. Mega Man 2 was a financial comeback story, becoming the most widely-sold Mega Man game ever released. It did not just surpass its predecessor; it swept the floor with it. Mega Man 2 is considered one of the greatest video games of all time.

The game introduced players to a password system that allowed them to return to points in the game where they had saved. As if to counterbalance the forgiving nature of save-points, the Robot Masters in this fantastic sequel were tough boss battles. Players could choose which boss to tackle first, but it made no difference. Each fight was a test of platforming skill and determination.

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2019-03-15 05:03:27

Amanda Hurych

Games of Thrones’ Final Episodes Are Fixing Season 7 Mistakes

The countdown is on for the return of Game of Thrones, with the final season promising to bring together everything that the show has been building toward for years. There is massive fan excitement for this final season, and Game of Thrones  is sure to remain one of the most popular TV shows on the air in 2019. However, for many fans season 7 was something of a disappointment, and there is a lot of pressure on season 8 to get things right.

Of course, a poorly-written season of Game of Thrones is still arguably better than the best season of any number of other shows. Season 7 wasn’t necessarily straight-up bad, but compared to the season that came before it, it proved to be rather messy as it moved the many characters to where they needed to be for the final stretch of conflict.

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Now, with one final season left (and still no new books to base it on), showrunners Benioff and Weiss are going to have to find a way to correct the issues of the previous season and wrap up Game of Thrones in a way that does justice to the incredible success of the fantasy epic. And from what we’ve seen so far, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

So, why was season 7 arguably the worst season of Game of Thrones so far? There are many factors, but one of the biggest ones has to be the rush to get all the pieces in the right places for season 8. Much in the same way that Avengers: Age of Ultron disappointed Marvel fans for being a film more concerned with setting up the next big thing than being a big thing itself, Game of Thrones season 7 was all about getting ready for season 8.

As a result, season 7 whipped through major plot points with alarming speed, and there just wasn’t as much room for the subtle character development and complex plots of the earlier seasons. Characters were killed in confusing ways – but not many of them, and no-one too important. Deaths feel more like the writers wrapping up loose ends than anything. Littlefinger, who was set up as the most cunning man in Westeros for six seasons, was outfoxed and slaughtered by Arya and Sansa Stark in the seventh. It’s so very out of character for him that fans have theorized that his death must have been faked, and the Lord Protector of the Vale is still very much alive.

Assuming that he is really dead, Littlefinger is essentially the only major character to kick the bucket. In previous seasons, Game of Thrones was known for killing off major characters in sudden and unexpected ways, keeping the show unpredictable and thrilling. However, the show reached a point in the seventh season where the truly big characters will all be needed for the final season or had already died – meaning that there wasn’t really anyone available for one of those signature shocking death scenes. Killing characters for the sake of shocking the audience isn’t something anyone wants, but it felt as though there simply wasn’t as much tension last season over who would survive.

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In addition, season 7 was so focused on tying up loose ends, getting people together, and racing through the big moments that it has started to create some serious plot holes. The time taken to travel in Westeros has suddenly become meaningless, with journeys that would have taken multiple episodes (or even a full season or more) suddenly getting wrapped up in a scene or two. This has been happening for some time, but it is getting consistently worse, and it is a serious issue when it comes to storytelling. Throw in scenes that felt like fan-service more than anything, and it’s easy to see how season 7 lost sight of why Game of Thrones became such a huge success in the first place.

Most of the big issues with season 7 stem from the fact that it was the penultimate season – and now that the final season is here, those problems should naturally disappear. There’s still the feeling of getting to an endpoint, but season 8 can jump right in rather than being focused on set-up. Hopefully, this will mean that there are no vaguely unnecessary moments that tie up loose ends or simply serve to move things along. The show is no longer setting up the final fight for the Iron Throne and the battle of the living and the dead; the battle is here.

Thankfully, season 7 also did the hard work of physically moving everyone to where they need to be. There are a few people still traveling, but it seems that travel time in the final season is going to be a little more reasonable. Now that all the really big journeys (Arya’s return to Winterfell, Sam’s flight from the Citadel, Bran back south of the Wall) have been completed, the characters are within a much smaller space, and travel time can resume with some level of realism.

Surprise death scenes will also be able to come back into play this season. The final battles are about to start, and that means that characters like Jon, Daenerys, Cersei, and Tyrion are all back on the table as far as potential losses are concerned. Shocking deaths of beloved characters is something that Game of Thrones does incredibly well, and bringing it back for the final season is going to make fans much happier (and angrier… and sadder).

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In addition to all the reasons that the final season was going to be a natural improvement by virtue of being the final season, there is plenty more evidence that this is going to be the best season yet. There are fewer episodes than the early seasons, true, but it seems that each of these episodes has been carefully crafted to feel like a movie unto itself. That means no filler episodes that spent half of their runtime getting characters from A to point B, And it also suggests that there will be a lot less movement within episodes. Each one will be focusing on one story, in one location, rather than bouncing all over the map.

One episode in particular shows just how carefully Benioff and Weiss have planned out their final season: the Battle of Winterfell. One full episode will focus on the long-awaited fight between the living and the dead, and it will be the longest battle in live-action history (including the Battle of Helms Deep in Lord of the Rings). However, it’s not going to be all swords and screaming. EW revealed that the production team is working hard to make sure that everything balances – and that there is a ‘calm before the storm’ scene that has a “play-like intimacy” to it. No random, sprawling dialogue here, but carefully constructed tension.

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Filming for the Battle of Winterfell also took a rather unusual approach. Rather than shooting piecemeal and cobbling scenes together in post (which is the norm, for practical reasons), this giant fight was done over eleven weeks of consecutive night shoots that became known as ‘The Long Night’ on set. The reasons for this grueling schedule, however, suggest that it is going to be more than worth it. Director Miguel Sapochnik explains:

“But I turned to the producers and said, ‘I don’t want to do 11 weeks of night shoots and no one else does. But if we don’t we’re going to lose what makes Game of Thrones cool and that is that it feels real.’”

In the same interview, Sapochnik spoke about focusing on not just what was happening within each scene, but in caring about what each character has been doing during their time off-screen, when the camera is on someone else. This shows an approach that truly values consistency and timing, that truly cares about how each piece fits together – something that wasn’t seen in much of season 7, when characters seemed to be on pause when the camera wasn’t on them.

Although season 7 had its flaws, no one can claim that Game of Thrones has gone on for too long, and that’s another hugely encouraging thing about season 8. This was never going to be a series where the writers started creating ever more bizarre storylines to keep things going, and it has been building up to the final battle from the first moment that a White Walker was revealed. This is the culmination of nearly a decade of careful storytelling, and even though things got a little sloppy last season, all the evidence suggests that the final season is going to be well worth the wait.

Unlike season 7, season 8 isn’t about getting the viewer to the end. This is about glorying in the end, and that’s exactly how it should be.

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2019-03-09 09:03:44

Rose Moore

The 10 Best Multiplayer GameCube Games You Should Still Be Playing

The Nintendo Gamecube, for many gaming fans, remains a favorite. While the PS2 and XBox did overshadow it in many respects, the Gamecube became known for featuring some of the best Nintendo titles around — as well as some of the best multiplayer games ever to be released. There were countless parties spent around the Gamecube, with controls broken as players frantically tried to beat their friends at the game blazing in their tube TVs.

But which games ranked among the best?

To rank in this list, the game has to be centered around multiplayer functions. Games that just included a multiplayer mode, such as Metroid Prime 2, will not be counted. These are the games you’d pull out at a party with friends. Which ones are the best? Which ones could you play today and still have a good time?

10 Mario Party 4-7

The Mario Party series remains one of the most memorable multiplayer games on the Gamecube. Many modern fans of the franchise would argue the older entries were, in fact, superior to modern games in the series.

But which game would you choose?

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Well, it doesn’t really matter. Each one is someone’s favorite for some reason or another, but the core appeal of each game remains the same. Roll a dice, move on a board, steal coins, steal stars, and win. The biggest difference is which game has which mini-games to play, which remain the real highlight of the franchise. But if you’re with friends and have a few drinks, this may be a great way….to get all those friends angry at you, to the point where they never want to talk to you ever again.

You know what? Never play Mario Party. It ends friendships.

9 Custom Robo

Often overlooked both at the time of its release and today, Custom Robo is a mecha role-playing game. While there is a single-player adventure, the arena fighting multiplayer is a mode that remains fun even fifteen years later.

You build a robot, set the against a group of friends, and have at it. The game is an incredibly fun experience unlike virtually any other on the console. If you haven’t played it, check it out now.

8 F-Zero GX

F-Zero is a franchise that is all but eclipsed by another, more popular Nintendo racing series. Regardless, F-Zero GX is still an incredibly fun multiplayer game. It’s stylish and over-the-top, prioritizing dizzying level design and high-speed races over all else.

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While it isn’t as polished as a certain other racer, it remains one amazing time.

7 Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s greatest IPs. It’s surprising it took this long for them to produce a multiplayer game for the Gamecube, but produce it they did. Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures is an unconventional game. It puts you in the shoes of four different Links who have to work together to solve puzzles and battle adversaries.

The game requires you to play with four Gameboy Advance consoles hooked up to the Gamecube, making it more complicated to play today. However, if you’re so willing, it remains a fascinating adventure to go on with friends.

6 Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 is the sequel to the beloved original game in the franchise. Most people are aware of Pikmin 2 as one of the more unique games on the Gamecube, but its multiplayer function stands as a unique and entertaining game mode.

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Pikmin 2 features both a co-op challenge mode and a competitive, “capture the flag”-esque mode. Both modes challenge players in a complicated mission of supremacy. It’s one of the few times a single-player game like this included a multiplayer mode this immerse and fun.

5 Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles is another game that, like Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, required a Gameboy Advance to play. However, what makes Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles one of the better Gamecube multiplayer games is the level of complexity it offered players who dared play it in multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer mode is in many ways more of a co-operative RPG experience than a party game. It offers players a chance to engage in the world and adventure with a friend. As one of the most overlooked entries in the Final Fantasy series, this set its apart from its contemporaries in a big way.

4 Kirby Air Ride

A cult classic of the Gamecube era, Kirby Air Ride (not Kirby’s Air Ride, as often believed), is not a racing game. Or, at least, it isn’t solely one. It is an arena competition game with racing mechanics built in. The game can be divided into two core modes: one where you drive around a city collecting power-ups and fighting your competitors for said power-ups, and the part where you actually play a little match to put those power-ups to good use.

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It stands unique among the Gamecube multiplayer games out there. It stands unique among games even today. For that reason alone, it is well-worth a revisit today.

3 SoulCalibur II

SoulCalibur II was released across all the main consoles back in the day, yet the Gamecube one seems to be the one that everyone remembers. It is another entry into the endlessly popular SoulCalibur franchise, featuring the continued battle over possession of a cursed sword.

What makes the Gamecube version so special? Link is a playable character.

But beyond that, the game boasts incredibly fighting game play, a complex narrative, and some great single player experiences. This is the best fighter to own for the Gamecube — well, no, that’s a lie. It almost is. But we’ll get to that.

2 Mario Kart Double Dash

No racing game on the Gamecube compares to Mario Kart Double Dash. Many fans of the franchise regard Double Dash as the best in the series — and for good reason. It was the first time the game felt fast paced and balanced. The gaming engines and capabilities finally made it possible to realize the developer’s ambitions for the franchise.

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The game is incredibly complex, offering players ways to mix and match riders and vehicles to maximize their potential. Power-ups are a load of fun. The aesthetic is beautiful.

And, of course, nothing says “It’s on!” like challenging your friends to a trip down Rainbow Road.

1 Super Smash Bros. Melee

Of all the Gamecube multiplayer games, which one is still played on a competitive level?

There was never any debate which game would top this list. Super Smash Bros Melee is regarded by many to be one of, if not the, best Gamecube games ever made. While the game does have some balancing issues — especially on the competitive level — no other fighting game on the Gamecube offered players such a refined, simple way to beat the snot out of your friends.

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The game is a masterpiece. Everyone has played it. It is the first game anyone thinks of when they pull out their Gamecube at a party.


2019-03-08 05:03:09

Anthony Gramuglia

Turok Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch

Turok makes his Nintendo homecoming when Turok: Dinosaur Hunter arrives to Switch later month, with Turok 2: Seeds of Evil to follow later. The games originally released on Nintendo 64, with the former earning acclaim from critics and fans. In the first title, players must protect Earth and the prehistoric Lost Land from the villainous Campaigner, who seeks to assemble a powerful relic and dominate the universe.

For those unfamiliar, the Turok series is adapted from the comic book of the same name. It stars the titular character, a Native American warrior who hunts dinosaurs and combats evil forces. First appearing in print in the 1950s, the property gained newfound popularity when Valiant Comics revamped the series in the early 90s. That led to Acclaim Entertainment publishing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter in 1997. It became a huge hit thanks to its exceptional first-person gameplay and movement for its time. Turok went on to become one of the Nintendo 64’s all-time best-selling games. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil released in 1998, and several other sequels followed in subsequent console generations. The most recent entry was 2008’s Turok for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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CBR.com reports that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter will appear on the eShop on March 18. Turok 2 should arrive at an unspecified later date. Unsurprisingly, the Switch ports will be the remastered versions developed by Nightdive Studios for PC in 2015 and consoles in 2018. That would be the same studio currently working on the much-anticipated System Shock remake/reboot.

The remastered Turok games sport graphical, lighting, and audio improvements. Nightdive also went ahead and polished up the gameplay and level design. Nintendo’s website currently lists Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for $19.99, which is the same as its price on other platforms. Whether or not players can eventually purchase both games together in a cheaper bundle (as you can for $29.99 on Xbox, for example) remains unknown.

They may not hold up as well as they once did, but having the old Turok games should be a neat nostalgia trip for fans. That $20 price point remains a bit steep, but these additions to the Switch will look nice next to the other remasters heading our way either this year or in the future. All that’s left is to keep waiting on the thing that some people hope these continued re-releases have been heralding: the reveal of a brand new Turok game for the current generation of hardware.

Source: CBR.com/Nintendo


2019-03-05 05:03:14

Marcus Stewart

The 10 Best Crossplay Games you Can Play Right Now

While most online games only let you play with friends who play on the same system, there are several games that don’t adhere to those restrictions. Some developers have taken their online games and opened up their servers so that people who play the game on different systems can party up and play together (others remain more difficult).

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Getting a party together with your friends is a breeze with these games, and it only makes them more tempting to play. If you have friends that play their games on different systems, you may want to look into the 10 best crossplay games you can play right now.

10 FORTNITE

This is the big one. Fortnite is currently one of the biggest games ever made. Part of that reason is due to how easy it is to get on and play with your friends. The game is on just about every platform, including mobile. What’s more impressive is that anyone can easily lobby with their friends and play together, no matter what system they’re on.

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This means that all you need to do is download the game for free and get started. Furthermore, Fortnite doesn’t require a subscription to console-specific online services. You just get the game, and you can play online with no issues.

9 ROCKET LEAGUE

One of the most popular games on Steam is available on all platforms. Now, it’s easier than ever to simply link up with your friends and get some fun matches going. Rocket League is a simple yet fun kind of game where you just drive a toy car as you try to hit a soccer ball into the opposing team’s goal.

It’s easy, fun, and difficult to master. Players on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC can all matchmake with each other and team up with their friends. Keep in mind that the exclusive cars in the Switch version don’t appear for the people on other platforms.

8 SMITE

Hi-Rez’s biggest game and one of the industry’s most popular MOBAs, SMITE, has finally made its way into crossplay and cross-progression territory. Anyone playing the game can matchmake with any other platform (minus PS4). Still, that means Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC players can lobby up and dominate lanes together.

Hi-Rez also introduced cross-progression. This means that your progress on one console can be transferred to a different console if you link your Steam account. Everything just transfers over, meaning you never have to buy your skins all over again. You can keep your progress and play with your friends.

7 MINECRAFT

Minecraft has quickly become one of the biggest games ever made, and Microsoft has only tried to increase the number of people interested in playing this hit release. By partnering with Nintendo, not only was the game brought to the Switch system, but it was also given crossplay support.

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Players on the Switch version can easily hop over to those playing on the Xbox One or PC. The mechanics involving Xbox Live can be a bit finicky for those that aren’t aware of how that works, but it’s still plenty of fun to link together with people playing on different systems.

6 ULTIMATE CHICKEN HORSE

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a fun game that combines building aspects with intense platforming. Players have to reach a goal by building a path to it. However, any player can make just about any alteration, meaning that it can be harder or easier. There’s a simple level of fun to Ultimate Chicken Horse, and the developers have made it easier than ever to just enjoy the ride.

Now ported to the Nintendo Switch version, those playing on the handheld can easily join up online with those who already have the PC version. Who will become the ultimate animal at the end of the day?

5 BRAWLHALLA

If you’re not into the major attention of a game like Super Smash Bros Ultimate, or you just don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, you might be able to whet your appetite for brawlers with Brawlhalla. This 2D action fighter brings together a host of original characters on top of a few familiar faces, such as Ubisoft’s Rayman.

The game is free-to-play, but unlocking all the characters will require a decent purchase. Still, it’s easy to jump into the game. Now, the game supports crossplay with particular platforms, thus widening the pool of opponents you can face at any given time.

4 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE

If you like MMOs and are a big superhero fan, then DC Universe Online might be just what you need. What makes the game attractive is that certain consoles aren’t sectioned off to specific servers. Instead, PS4 and PC players can mingle and play together, making teaming up with friends easier and much more enticing for potential buyers.

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DC Universe Online is one of the most popular MMO games on the market. It’s a formula that you either love or hate at this point, so if it sounds like something you’d enjoy, you should probably give it a download and have a good time.

3 PALADINS

Hi-Rez strikes again with crossplay functionality. Their first game to get this treatment was Paladins, their class-based shooter that rivals Overwatch. Unlike Blizzard’s popular shooter, Paladins is a free-to-play game, making it easier than ever to jump in and start taking names. Paladins also is a bit easier than Overwatch, which turns it into a great option for those trying to find their footing in the genre.

With a recent update, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch players were all thrown into the same matchmaking pool. Players can work together and capture objectives from different consoles now. It’s a shame about those PS4 players, though.

2 ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED

ARK: Survival Evolved can be frustrating, glitchy, and rage-inducing. However, it’s also intense, unique, and tons of fun with the right people. Now with an update from developer Studio Wildcard, those who play on Xbox One and PC can now play together, giving the game a slew of new players and a whole lot of new and interesting scenarios.

If you like dinosaurs and cutthroat action, then ARK: Survival Evolved might be just the game you’re looking for. Just be careful, because the game can be brutal and unforgiving, forcing you to start again with the bare minimum of resources.

1 TRAILBLAZERS

Trailblazers is a unique racing game. It’s fast-paced, but it also involves leaving down a trail of paint on the track. Those on your team can then drive on that color to get a speed boost. Races are a bit more about strategy, whether it be trying to leave trails in scattered areas to cover more territory or just painting over opponent lines to get ahead.

With this team-focused play style, it’s nice that the game supports crossplay. That said, there is a bit of a caveat. You can crossplay from PC to PS4 or from PC to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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2019-02-22 01:02:04

Epic Games Won’t Allow Fortnite On Soulja Boy’s New Console

Despite Soulja Boy’s outlandish claims that Fortnite is coming to his next in-house games console, Epic Games confirms the battle royale behemoth will have nothing to do with the rapper and his hardware.

For anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with the Soulja Boy fiasco, Chicago-born DeAndre Cortez Way has been trying to break into the video game industry with his own brand of consoles. Late last year, Way claimed that his Nintendo Switch-inspired SouljaGame had sold over five million units. Undeterred by legal action, Soulja Boy then started selling his PS Vita knockoff called the SouljaGame Handheld.

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Speaking on the Everyday Struggle Podcast, Soulja Boy defended his products as valid purchases and excitedly spoke about the future of his venture. After the artist wildly claimed Fortnite was coming to his systems soon, Epic Games told DualShockers the exact opposite. Epic Games’ Senior PR Manager Nick Chester explained why it wouldn’t work anyway: “No, you can’t play Fortnite on a rooted or jailbroken device due to anti-cheat measures.” Anyone hoping to try out Fortnite‘s new Ice Storm event on their SouljaGame could be in for a long wait.

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Epic Games’ comments make it sound increasing like players should discount anything Soulja Boy has mentioned. He also claimed he’s been speaking to Nintendo and the video game giant is keen to work with him. Considering Nintendo threatened Soulja Boy with legal action in December, it was already looking doubtful.

Aside from Fortnite, Soulja Boy also made a big promise that his next console will be able to play over 800 PlayStation 4 games. As it stands, it looks increasingly likely that Soulja Boy’s business plan is simply based on selling illegal emulation software and unlicensed games. All in all, his Fortnite announcement has hardly picked up the response Way was likely looking for.

While Fortnite has been caught in a recent controversy surrounding money laundering in its in-game currency of V-Bucks, Epic Games has stringent measures in place to stop hacking and emulation. It hasn’t been a good few weeks for Soulja Boy after his website was recently hacked and he had his storefront pulled. How much longer Soulja Boy’s frankly bizarre adventure into the world of gaming can continue remains to be seen. Either way, the 28-year-old remains defiant against his critics and some of the biggest video game houses in the world.

More: PlayStation Classic Actually Uses An Open-Source Emulator

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2019-01-21 01:01:20

10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

While Marvel Studies seems to be pumping out monster movie hits every few months, Marvel video games are much rarer. Perhaps it’s tied to the ever-shifting “who actually has rights over what titles” game that Marvel has been playing with Sony and Fox over the years. Regardless, if you’re jonesing for a Marvel fix, there aren’t a whole lot of good options to choose from. If you have the money and the time though, here are the 10 best Marvel video games of all time.

10. X-Men: The Arcade Game (Xbox 360) – Metacritic: 70

Every ’90s kid remembers this hit. Between this and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game released three years before, these games ate many a weekly allowance. A classic beat ‘em up, you and five of your friends could choose between Cyclops, Colossus, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine to take on hundreds of Sentinels, along with super villains such as Pyro, the Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, the White Queen, Juggernaut, and Mystique. If players were good enough, or had deep pockets, they could fight their way to Island M to take on Magneto. The only reason this game is lower on the list is that it hasn’t aged well. Released in 2010 for the Xbox 360, it brought nostalgia and little else to gamers old enough to remember the original.

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9. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PC, GameCube, PS2) – Metacritic: 82

One-upping its predecessor, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a team-based role-playing game that lets you play as one of many members of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. Players can use and combine their unique abilities to defeat enemies. Offering online play as well, this was a hit in 2005 — especially for the much-maligned GameCube. Boasting a small roster of only 15 playable characters, plus a handful of unlockables and console exclusives, its team combinations were limited.

8. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Metacritic: 82

Playing off the success of X-Men Legends II, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance took the exact same winning formula and cranked it up to 11. Increasing the playable roster to 22—plus extras—this game pulls from the wider Marvel Universe. It features a story-line where the missions players accept, the objectives they complete, and their interactions with other characters throughout the game directly impact how the story plays out. There is also a robust multiplayer component where players can team up or battle each other in local and online multiplayer. Marvel released a sequel that didn’t quite hit the mark and failed to impress. However, a third sequel was announced exclusively for the Nintendo Switch and is scheduled for a 2019 release.

NEXT: Who Was the First Superhero Co-Created by Stan Lee?

7. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Metacritic: 82

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story where players take control of 180 characters as they unite to stop Loki and a myriad of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has been applauded for its trademark LEGO series humor, variety of missions, and open-world gameplay. There has been some criticism, however, that the lack of verbal dialogue options made some of the gameplay repetitive and grating. Truth be told, it’s a  minor, if not irritating, quirk on an otherwise solid game.

6. Marvel Pinball (PS3) – Metacritic: 83

And now for something completely different. A solid console pinball game, this version includes themed tables with excellent attention to detail, bright colors, and animated characters. With 21 tables to choose from, this game is perfect for both Marvel fans with a passing interest in pinball, and pinball die-hards with an interest in Marvel. This vintage game is a win-win for all ages. While some of the tables feel a bit bare, the overall design brings new layers and complexity as each game progresses.

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5. Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace (GBA) – Metacritic: 84

The only handheld entry on this list, Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace pits the player against a rogue’s gallery that includes Rhino, Hammerhead, and Mysterio. A simple, yet rewarding game, Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace allows the player to progress through seven stages while upgrading his abilities and collecting different Spidey-suits.

4. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube, Xbox, PS2) Metacritic: 84

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is the most well-received and most popular Hulk standalone video game to date. With surprising depth in fighting combos and actions, the boss fights are incredibly satisfying. While the story is short, the AI is lacking, and the gameplay can be repetitive, you will have a blast throughout the entire time. The big guy moves like he should and is as destructive as you would expect the Hulk to be.

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3. Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Xbox 360, PS3) – Metacritic: 85

This team-fighting game pits the player’s team of three against the hordes of both Marvel and Capcom. Selecting from 36 playable characters, the player tag-teams their opponents in a variety of game modes. From basic fighting to character-specific missions, this game has depth. Gamers praised Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for its simplified, yet deep gameplay and diverse cast of characters. However, hardcore fans were critical of the same simplification that opened the series to a wider audience.

2. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) – Metacritic: 87

Spider-man games have generally been successful, but 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man has nearly perfected the web-slinging experience for gamers. For a Spider-man game to be enjoyable, the combat has to be fluid, the environment needs to be fully interactive, and the web-swinging experience needs to be fun. To put it mildly: Insomniac Games knocked it out of the park. This game wasn’t really on anyone’s radar until it hit the shelves, but when it did, its impact was felt in living rooms everywhere.

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1. Marvel Vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Dreamcast, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360) – MetaCritic: 90

Marvel vs Capcom 2 took Japanese arcades by storm in 2000. Flexing its roster of 56 characters, this tag-team fantasy fighter later ported to the Dreamcast, PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360 consoles. Not just the best Marvel game of all time, but one of the greatest fighting games ever made, Marvel vs Capcom 2 is frantic, insane fun. It’s the go-to version for professional gamers around the world.



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2018-12-24 01:12:23

Hunger Games: 20 Wild Revelations About Katniss And Gale’s Relationship

The Hunger Games series is easily one of the best YA trilogies ever written, providing readers with political intrigue, well-developed characters and a thoughtful, highly-flawed yet moving heroine. It’s also got one of the best love triangles in YA fiction as a secondary plot, where the heroine is torn between the familiar best friend who has helped her support her family over the years and the boy with the bread, who initially provided food for her family and gave her hope. The young men are polar opposites and although Katniss Everdeen eventually does choose Peeta Mellark over Gale Hawthorne, some fans argue that she should have chosen Gale, who knew her better and for longer.

Author Suzanne Collins gave readers plenty of reasons why Katniss and Peeta also work well together, and they do develop a chemistry together that feels stronger than any feelings between Katniss and Gale. Peeta loves Katniss and would do anything for her, and in the post-revolutionary world she should be able to choose whom her heart wants rather than the most practical suitor. While her feelings seem to point toward Peeta, there’s no denying that she seems jealous over Gale kissing someone else in District 2, or that they made a better fighting and hunting team than she and Peeta did.

After finishing the books, the films and scouring over author and cast member comments, we’ve come to realize that there’s even more to Katniss and Gale’s history than meets the eye.

Here are Hunger Games: 20 Wild Revelations About Katniss And Gale’s Relationship.

20 They needed each other to survive District 12

One could argue that a possible romance between Gale Hawthorne and Katniss Everdeen was doomed from the start simply due to the pair forging their relationship out of survival. They both needed to support their families with their hunting and trapping skills and they relied upon one another to bring in enough game and foraged plants to provide for their houses.

Even so, Gale obviously chose to stick with Katniss out of love, given that he’d already been trapping before she came along and first saw her as competition for food rather than an ally. Many young women in District 12 also sought Gale’s favor, so it was more Katniss’s desperation and Gale’s infatuation that led to their hunting partnership and friendship.

19 Gale Would Be A Better Symbol Of The Rebellion Than Katniss

Of all of the youth in the Hunger Games series, Gale Hawthorne best epitomizes what the rebellion means. He’s a fit, handsome young man who has struggled to support his family to the point of entering his name for the Reaping 42 times. His hatred for the Capitol is fueled by a rage that seems to surpass that of any other citizen. He’s an obvious choice as a rebellious symbol, and he’s much more willing to fight than Katniss Everdeen.

Plutarch Heavensbee knows that the people wouldn’t follow Gale into battle as ardently as they would a lovesick 16-year-old girl who not only survived the Hunger Games but sacrificed herself to save her little sister as well as her boyfriend. He was  Head Gamemaker for a reason.

18 Gale Completely Understands Katniss

While Peeta fell for the girl who sang like a bird on the first day of school, he never got to know her like her best friend Gale did. Gale completely gets Katniss, from her self-preservation strategies to her deepest desires. Gale notices how she kisses Peeta differently and he even seems to see her as calculating at times, such as when he tells Peeta that she’ll choose the young man that she “can’t survive without.

While this seems like an uncaring assessment of Katniss, these are choices she’s had to make her whole life. Gale not only understands this but has seen her make them again and again in order to keep her sister alive. Peeta, whose life was far from perfect but didn’t live in the Seam, doesn’t share Gale’s understanding.

17 Jennifer Lawrence Sabotaged Every Kissing Scene

Jennifer Lawrence is known for her humor and practical jokes, so it shouldn’t surprise any fan to learn that she sabotaged all of her kisses with Gale on purpose. According to actor Liam Hemsworth, who portrayed Gale, prior to any kissing scene, Jennifer Lawrence would ingest garlic, tuna fish or some other disgusting food to make the scene all the more unbearable. He told Jimmy Fallon, “Any time I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable.”

Knowing that Hemsworth and Lawrence were best friends as this went down makes it a little more bearable and a lot funnier, but the fact remains that beneath every kiss had an icky stench and flavor, which had to detract from any chemistry felt on the set.

16 Gale Has The Same Job That Took Out Her Dad

Once Gale is grown, he takes on the same job that most people in the Seam end up doing: working in the mines, an intensely dangerous career that results in health hazards from poor conditions and long hours, loss of life, and a lifetime of drudgery and exhaustion. To be fair, all of the Districts in Panem, aside from the rich ones, have impoverished conditions, too.

Katniss still grieves for the loss of her father from working in these same mines, so discovering that Gale now has the same job has to be hard for her, whether she’s in love with him or not. While it wasn’t a surprise, it surely wasn’t a comfort, even if he is no longer eligible for the annual Reaping.

15 They Can Communicate Without Speaking

The silent communication between Katniss and Gale is impressive throughout the series, particularly in the final book and film. They move in rhythm with each other, knowing one another’s goals without ever having to speak them, whether it’s regarding a formation or what to do if one of them gets captured.

Some criticism has been directed at this seemingly perfect accord in the books, as the two aren’t exactly twins, but they’ve been partners in hunting long enough to sense one another’s actions in battle. It took years of practice for the friends to become so attuned to one another’s thoughts, and many of us can can testify to acting in perfect harmony with a close friend or loved one in the same way.

14 Gale Only Ever Cries Over Katniss

We only witness Gale cry once throughout the series, and it’s not following the demise of Primrose Everdeen, the loss of District 12 or even when getting hurt in battle. The only time Gale cries is over Katniss, which supports his deep feelings for the Girl on Fire. Recalling the words to the song that Katniss sings for a propaganda shoot with Cressida and her film crew during Mockingjay, Gale tears up when he says that he feels as if he is the man in the song, who will forever be waiting for Katniss’s answer.

It’s a bit of a melodramatic moment, particularly in the middle of a war, but it’s also understandable that Gale wants an answer when it’s plain that any moment could be his last– not to mention that he’s a teenager with strong emotions.

13 They Follow Each Other’s Lead

Not only have Katniss and Gale followed each others’ leads in the woods as a hunting team so well that they work in almost perfect synchronicity with one another, but they continue that deep knowledge of one another’s intentions on the battle field as well. Whether they need to complete a quick attack or carry out a plan that requires multiple steps, they are always on the same page as a team.

It’s a stark contrast with poor Peeta, with his big feet clomping in the woods and making noise during the first book while Katniss attempted to find them food. While Peeta’s eloquence prior to the Games and his artistic and diplomatic skills during them come in handy, he’s obviously not equipped to fight or forage in the wild as Katniss and Gale can.

12 Gale Calls Katniss Out On Her Lies

While we need to keep in mind that it’s the self-preservation of a teenage girl who’s seen violence and poverty every day of her life, the fact remains that Katniss is a pretty big liar. She will do whatever it takes to survive as long as it means keeping her family, and especially her little sister, Prim, alive. When Katniss tells Gale that she feels wrong kissing Peeta because of him, for example, Gale scoffs that he wishes he could believe her words.

Gale is the only person close to Katniss who really challenges her and calls her out on her lies, which is the mark of a good partner. While Peeta eventually becomes more willing to challenge Katniss as a partner, he doesn’t seem nearly as good at is as Gale.

11 Gale Didn’t Volunteer For The Games To Help Katniss’ Family

After Katniss volunteered for the Hunger Games in her sister’s stead at the annual reaping, Gale likely considered volunteering in Peeta’s place in order to save his love. Knowing that he had to care for not only his family but Katniss’s while she was in the Games is probably the only thing that kept him from volunteering as tribute.

The Hunger Games could have had an entirely different ending had Gale opted to volunteer in place of Peeta. Not only would Gale and Katniss have made a great team during the Games, but had Katniss utilized the same nightlock berry plan to save them, it would have seemed more believable. Snow may have bought their plan and Katniss and Gale would likely have moved into Victor’s Village, married and possibly remained there without ever starting a rebellion.

10 Gale Wanted To Run Away With Katniss

It’s important to note that Gale, who regularly mocked the Capitol in private with his best friend and spoke of taking down the whole system if given the chance, was willing to throw his values asid in order to run away with Katniss After the events of the trilogy it’s evident that Gale was born to be a leader as well as a military official, but he would have given all of that up had Katniss chosen him as her husband.

Both of the teens change their minds about running away at different points in the series, but Gale’s instinct to put Katniss, along with his family, over any sense of duty or rebellion that he feels points toward his commitment to the girl from the Seam.

9 His special nickname for her

The fact that Gale Hawthorne is the only person who can refer to Katniss Everdeen as “Catnip,” his special nickname for the young woman, is reminiscent of so many other great love stories, while Peeta Mellark’s lack of nickname for Katniss is just further evidence that he doesn’t know her as well as Gale does.

To be fair, we are pretty sure that Katniss would punch the lights out of anyone else who dared call her Gale’s special nickname. There’s also the fact that many brothers and sisters share silly nicknames for one another, giving this tidbit an ambiguous nature.

8 Their Fundamentally Different Views

Katniss Everdeen typically makes decisions to avoid loss of life, even at personal cost. Gale Hawthorne’s views are fundamentally different, as he argues from a more traditional standpoint where casualties of war are acceptable as long as they help win it.

Gale is also eager to jump on the “Let’s take out the Capitol!” wagon, while Katniss would rather run and save her sister and herself. In the end, fighting the Capitol did result in the loss of her sister and thousands of other citizens, but it did end the fascist regime that controlled Panem and, hopefully, resulted in the freedom for everyone in the country. It’s also important to note, as ever, that these two are teenagers faced with daily violence and a revolution. They shouldn’t even have to make decisions like these.

7 Gale Never Told Katniss He Loved Her Before The Games

If there’s something that Peeta Mellark can do better than Gale Hawethorne, it’s express himself verbally. He managed to declare his love for Katniss Everdeen live on national television during his interview with the colorful host Caesar Flickerman, not only as an act of truth but as a strategy to help Katniss have a stronger chance of winning the Hunger Games.

Poor Gale wasn’t able to tell her that he loved her even while knowing it was possibly the last time that he would ever see her. He was able to hand Katniss a variety of slayed animals, mock the Capitol in their secret place, trust her with his own life and teach her how to trap, but he couldn’t voice his own feelings.

6 Their Chemistry Is So Palpable Even Snow Notices It

While most of the passionate moments in the series belong to Katniss and Peeta, there’s no denying the physical chemistry between Katniss and her best friend, Gale. Most of these instances occur during vulnerable, emotional moments during which Katniss seems to seek comfort above all else.

Given the fact that she only sees Gale as a friend much of the time, there’s more of a sibling between them, but the fact that even Snow could see chemistry between the two friends proves that it was there. Gale obviously carried a torch for Katniss more than she reciprocated, but the fact that romantic feelings existed between them still can’t be denied.

5 Gale Didn’t Save Katniss’ Future In-Laws

We’ll likely never know exactly what happened during the evacuation of District 12 following the Quarter Quell, but we do know that Gale was responsible for saving many of the citizens who managed to escape the bombing that lay waste to the District. Most of the citizens didn’t make it out, but it’s a little eyebrow raising that Peeta’s family weren’t among those who received Gale’s aid.

Although there was no way that Gale could have saved everyone even if he tried, there remains some question as to whether or not he even thought about attempting to assist Peeta Mellark’s family.

4 His responsibility in Prim’s fate

Gale’s plans to take out the most people possible by sending a two-bomb attack targeting those arriving to assist the wounded may have seemed like good strategy, but it disgusted Katniss to no end. It ended up being the very plan that resulted in the loss of Primrose Everdeen, the little duck whom Katniss volunteered for in the first place.

Although Gale would never intend to take out Prim, Snow’s denial implies that it was District 13’s bombs and not his own that resulted in the massacre, as he’s never lied to Katniss and would likely gloat had it been his own act. This is something their relationship would never really recover from.

3 Katniss Wouldn’t Have Survived The Games Without Gale’s Training

Katniss Everdeen is definitely one of the most cunning and capable heroines of our time, which is why we love her so much. It would be a disservice to both her and her best friend to ignore that several of her skills were taught to her by Gale Hawthorne. He’s not the prime reason she and her family survived, but he definitely helped her learn several of the hunting tips and tricks that she uses on a daily basis that helped her win the Hunger Games.

This doesn’t detract from Katniss’ character at all. Rather, it shows how important her friends are to her. Much of her survival through her first Games also depended on Rue, whom she befriended during the Games.

2 We Have No Idea What Happens To Gale

After focusing on Gale Hawthorne so much in the series and knowing how important he was to Katniss, we never find out what happens to Gale in District 2– or if he ever even finds happiness. What about his family that he worked so hard to protect? Does he truly never send Katniss any letters or make time to visit?

Maybe Gale feels too guilty to visit his best friend over his role in the loss of her sister. Maybe it’s too painful for him to visit the person he thought he’d marry someday. But the fact that Annie Cresta, Finnick Odair’s widow, whom Katniss barely knew, is able to send her baby pictures while Gale can’t even drop a postcard speaks volumes.

1 They Could Have Easily Gotten Married

After Katniss was sent back to District 12 following her trial for the assassination of Alma Coin, not only did she never truly say goodbye to Gale, but she didn’t even converse with Peeta until she saw him back at home. Peeta could have easily chosen to remain in the Capitol as an eloquent leader just as Katniss could have married Gale upon returning to District 12.

The fact that Gale’s heartless war plan was possibly used in the harrowing moment of Mockingjay that resulted in the loss of Primrose Everdeen was likely the major deciding factor. Had Prim lived, Gale and Katniss might still be hunting together, but it showed Katniss Gale’s warlike ways and ruined their chance of happiness together.

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2018-12-19 01:12:25

Fortnite Maker Epic Games Really Wants All Games to Be Cross-Platform

Fortnite maker Epic Games wants to all games to have cross-platform options available to them. Earlier this year, Sony opened up a cross-play beta that allowed PlayStation 4 users to play Fortnite with gamers on other platforms, like PC, mobile, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Now, Epic has even bigger ideas that they’d like to see come into fruition.

Cross-platform play is exactly what it sounds like. It enables a game’s players to play with one another regardless of what platform(s) they choose to play said game on. Epic Games made gaming history in September 2018 when it brought together all major current generation platforms (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac – sorry, Linux) for the first time through its smash-hit online title Fortnite, convincing even stalwart market leader Sony to buy in. Since then, the free-to-play title has been able to let users across all platforms communicate with and befriend one another through in-game systems, as opposed to platform-specific ones. Epic is now planning to take the tools it’s developed over the course of the popular game’s development and use them as the basis for the online services it will provide for free to other developers. These online services have been stress-tested by greater than 200 million total players over the course of the game’s long beta, as well as against such extreme milestones as 8.3 million concurrent players worldwide.

Related: Epic Games Reveals Epic Lineup In Store Launch Trailer

Epic Games made the unprecedented announcement in a surprise December 12 press release, providing brief descriptions of what services will be on offer and when in a 2019 roadmap. Over the course of Q2 to Q4 2019, Epic promises to deliver cross-platform tools that cover matchmaking, parties, friends lists, achievements/trophies, player profiles, purchases, login, data storage, and cloud saves, as well as a brand-new cross-platform voice chat service. While Epic currently recommends that developers continue to use third-party voice applications like Discord in the interim, Epic’s voice solution is slated to function entirely in-game, much like the party system in Fortnite currently allows. These services will be usable by all developers regardless of what engines their games run on and in what store(s) they’re sold. Epic also clarifies that these online tools will be “privacy friendly” and adhere to the European Union’s GDPR.

The pending release of these free tools marks yet another developer-friendly move announced by Epic in the month of December alone, coming hot off the heels of the unanticipated launch of the Epic Games Store. Most astonishing is the fact that Epic holds that its services will be available for all games regardless of their choices of engine or marketplace, two areas in which the Fortnite developer has direct lines of interest as the longtime creator and distributor of the widely-used Unreal Engine and the owner of PC gaming’s newest digital distribution service. In an explanation of its reasoning for engaging in this apparent bout of altruism, Epic cited simply that their “goal is to help game developers succeed.”

As much as this huge gesture of good faith points to the validity of Epic Games’ stated desire to ensure the success of other developers, Epic does stand to potentially profit from this move in the long-term. By generating positive PR points and further cultivating developer loyalty, Epic can continue to grow its software enterprise while galvanizing the amount of trust that its clientele places in it. After all, if a Unity or Source Engine developer has already come to rely on the Epic Games Store’s greater share of revenue (which currently outmatches what Steam can offer) and now upon a bevy of cross-platform tools, why not take a chance on an Unreal Engine license on the next go-around?

More: Fortnite & PUBG Banned in China?

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2018-12-13 01:12:12

The PlayStation Classic May Secretly Have An Extra 36 Games

Sony’s new Playstation Classic might secretly have an extra 36 games on the mini console. Much like Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition, Sony recently released their own mini console, with focus on their original PlayStation, which was released back in 1994. The PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and comes with an HDMI cord, two wired controllers, a virtual memory card, and 20 preloaded games.

When the console was first announced, many people saw it as a cash grab for Sony, especially when they announced the console would only have 20 games to play. Even though 20 games would provide hours of gameplay, many fans were frustrated that the console was around $100, and would be featuring fewer games than both the NES and SNES Classic Editions. Sony also got criticism for not including many fan-favorite games such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Silent Hill, leaving many people to think the console didn’t deserve its “classic” title. The console was officially released a few days ago, with reviews for the PlayStation Classic being mainly negative, but this new report could potentially turn that around for Sony.

Related: PlayStation Reflects Back on 5 Years of PS4

First revealed by Game Revolution, some PlayStation Classic users have discovered 36 extra games on the mini console. While the games aren’t playable, gamers are able to look at the files for the games in the console’s source code. The files were found by simply attaching a USB keyboard to the PlayStation Classic, which also allows players to change console settings that aren’t otherwise offered in the main menu. Among the 36 secret games are highly requested titles such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Gran Turismo, GTA 2, and the other popular games that were previously mentioned in this article.

While reviews of the PlayStation Classic have praised Sony for accurately recreating the design of the original PlayStation, they haven’t been complimented on much else. Adding to the complaints about the limited game list, fans are also upset that the console uses an open-source emulator, and the fact that the idea of a PlayStation Classic just highlights that backward compatibility still isn’t offered on the PS4. While the latter of these complaints could be fixed when the PS5 is announced, Sony will still get criticized by gamers for now.

These secret games could be the answer to fixing the harsh reviews Sony has been getting for the PlayStation Classic, but since these 36 games aren’t available to play, it likely won’t. As of right now, it’s believed that Sony will not be releasing any post-launch games on the PlayStation classic, leaving fans only dreaming about what could have been. The PlayStation Classic is currently available in stores for $99.99 USD or $129.99 CAN.

More: Free PlayStation Plus Games For December 2018 Announced

Source: Game Revolution



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2018-12-05 04:12:00