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Ultrabrilliant does Los Santos

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Man, Ultrabrilliant, where have you been? You've been hiding out for, what, four months now? Then you crawl back out with a video tour of Grand Theft Auto V? Oh well. I ain't even mad. This is another great visual cruise through another gameworld—this time it's Rockstar's L.A., also known as Los Santos. These shots clip from day to night, night to day. And I see how much you're in love with the rain effects in GTA V, Ultrabrilliant. I see how you take it from the palm trees to the oil derricks, from the beaches to the suburbs, and from the freeways to the freight lines.

I could watch your stuff for days, Ultrabrilliant, even though your videos are never longer than a song. Nice work as always, regardless. Don't leave us hanging another four months for the next one.

Dungeons 2 now available on Steam

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Prepare to take on the role of The Dungeon Lord as Dungeons 2 is now available on Steam.  Dungeons 2 lets you create a network of dungeons as you attempt to take on the forces of goodliness.  That's right, you're the villain.  Build your dungeon, order your servant Snots to do your dirty work, amass an army of Orcs, then conquer the Overworld.  Doesn't get much better than that.

Dungeons 2 is currently available on Steam for $39.99 as well as via the Kalypso Launcher.  A limited edition boxed retail version will be released on April 28th that includes a Dungeons 2 poster, the exclusive Pixie Village DLC, the official soundtrack CD, and some custom art postcards. 

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Storm the beaches in the latest World of Tanks update

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A couple of days ago, Sean Cahill posted about an upcoming DLC for World of Tanks called The Siberian Wolf Pack that will bring players some of Russia's deadliest tanks.  In the meantime Wargaming has released version 9.7 of World of Tanks that adds new features as well as a new branch of French tanks, a third historic map (Overlord), and tweaked some balancing rules.

Team Battles will now have permanent teams which can now have up to twelve members with seven battling at a time.  They can also have their own name and logo provided that team has played twenty rated matches.  Leaderboards have been added and are divided globally into six leagues that require a set number of points in order to qualify for each division and climb the ladder.

For the new French tanks, players will be able to check out two new light tanks and five new medium tanks, including the Tier 9 AMX 30 1st prototype and the Tier 10 AMX 30 B.  In addition, the new Overlord historic map takes players to a level inspired by the D-Day Landings at Normandy where they'll be thrown into a chaotic environment of wreckage and destruction.

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Just Cause 3 gameplay will be revealed next week

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The official Just Cause Twitter posted a very short gif, along with the announcement that a gameplay trailer for Just Cause 3 will be released on Tuesday, April 28th.

It's really kind of hard to tell what's happening in the gif, but we see an explosion, some wingsuit action, and a jet, and that's all we need to know that this is Just Cause. I loved Just Cause 2 to death, and I'm excited to see what they're going to show us. The developers have previously said that they wouldn't show gameplay until they were sure it would blow us away.

I'm eagerly waiting, Avalanche!

Gears of War getting an HD remake for Xbox One

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Just like every other game ever, Gears of War is getting an HD remake for the Xbox One.

There were some rumors going around that the Gears trilogy would be remastered and released, similar to the Halo Master Chief Collection, called the Marcus Fenix Collection. This is, however, not the case, and it's only the original game being remade. It seems bizarre to me that they are only doing the first one, especially so soon after Halo did all four of its games. Surely they could do all three, but I suppose they are just sticking with one.

I'm getting a little tired of this trend, if I'm honest, and this one seems particularly egregious for only being one game, but I'm sure there are a lot of Gears fans out there that will be super excited to be able to play the multiplayer again.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details revealed through a leak

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A good bit more information has been leaked about the newest annual installment in the Call of Duty franchise. A series of screenshots with the information was posted on Reddit, and it's actually pretty interesting. I'll sum it up below:

  • A new, momentum based movement system, calling for controlled thrusts, slides, and mantling, but while maintaining full control of your weapon at all times
  • Maps are designed with this movement in mind
  • A new Specialist Character progression allows players to level up character capabilities, as well as the weapon XP and overall XP we already have.
  • Four player co-op campaign, and the campaign is designed with co-op in mind
  • Campaign characters now completely customizable, from weapons to outfits and abilities
  • "Arena Style" gameplay meant to allow players to approach situations with different tactics
  • Zombies is a "full game experience with it's own distinct storyline, right out of the box." Maybe this means like the DLC we've had before, except it comes at launch?
  • Full XP based progression system for Zombies

It sounds pretty good to me. I really like the idea of bringing co-op to the campaign and doing it right. Co-op campaigns in games like this can get really crazy and really fun. I'm a little disappointed with the new movement system they mentioned; I want people to get their Titanfall out of my Call of Duty. That stuff is all fine and good, but it's not why I play Call of Duty, personally.

Either way, Black Ops 3 is sure to follow tradition and provide good, mindless multiplayer fun.

First 10 songs in Guitar Hero Live revealed

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Is Guitar Hero Live a considered a reboot? Maybe a revival? Whatever it is, we now know the first 10 songs we'll be able to play.

It's a pretty solid list, I think. It seems more modern than most tracklists from previous Guitar Heros, but there's nothing really wrong with that. As a tried and true metalhead, I'd prefer to see the last 10 songs, but I guess I'll just have to wait.

Honestly, I'm excited Guitar Hero's coming back. Back in the World Tour days, it was one of my favorite games to play online. Between this and the new Rock Band, it looks like I'll be busting my game equipment out of storage in the coming year.

Check the songs in the screenshot below.

Get double XP in Xbox One Neverwinter this weekend

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From Friday to Monday morning, the free to play Neverwinter on Xbox One is having double events, which means you'll get double XP, enchantments and runestones, refinement, and astral diamonds.

Not only that, but a bunch of stuff is on sale as well. Most notably, you can get more character slots for 90% off. That was one of my biggest issues with the game, and I'll probably use this opportunity to address it. The rest of the sales are 20% off. Here they are, taken from Arc Games' website:

  • Shared Bank Slots (8) - 20% off - Grants an additional eight slots for the account shared bank available at the Manycoins Bank in Protector's Enclave.
  • Active Companion Slot - 20% off - Grants an early unlock of companion active slots. Active slots provide more space for companions to give active slot bonuses and to be fully equipped with items.
  • Dragonborn Race Reroll Bundle - 20% off - This bundle will unlock the Dragonborn race in Character Creation and also grant one Race Reroll.(Please note: The Race Reroll token will be awarded, but is not currently usable in the game. This is a known issue that will be corrected in a future update.)
  • Idle Companion Slots - 20% off - Grants an additional eight companion idle slots. Allows for you to hold more idle companions at a time.
  • Manycoins Bank Slots (16) - 20% off - Grants an additional sixteen slots for the current character's bank available at the Manycoins Bank in Protector's Enclave.
  • Rename Token - 20% off - Grants the ability to rename your character once by altering Protector's Enclave's records with the Illusory Script spell.
  • Retraining Token - 20% off - Grants the ability to reselect what Feats, Ability Scores, Powers and Boons you have chosen from the level up process and campaigns for your character one time.
  • Change Appearance Token - 20% off - Grants the ability to fully customize your character's appearance again with the Change Appearance spell while visiting Lady Jyllian the Alteration Wizard in Neverwinter a single time.

If you haven't played Neverwinter yet, now's the perfect time to start. It's still relatively new, so you'll have a chance to get it early, which is always fun in an MMO. It's also like, super free, and pretty dang fun to boot.

What are you playing this weekend? Shovel NecroDancer Edition

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Hillary Clinton is making an appeal to gamers. Disney acknowledged the awesomeness of KotOR and SW:ToR—then cut them from Star Wars canon. And Firefly, we're home.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
Blah blah blah still working on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past minimalist run blah blah blah. Beyond that, I've started working on Crypt of the NecroDancer for an upcoming review, and it's probably one of the most addicting games I've played in quite some time. Part of that is probably because you can use your own music, so it's fun to explore a cavern in time to Mega Man music. Beyond that, I'll also be working through Titan Souls in preparation for that review. That should be interesting, as it reminds me of a top-down Shadow of the Colossus and I'm somewhat horrid at that game.

Sean Cahill, staff writer, @GN_Punk
This week I'm diving back into the galaxy of Elite: Dangerous to test my space combat skills. On the Xbox One, I'm back to exploring the deep world of Dragon Age: Inquisition and trying to actually kill my first dragon.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm still hunting down crystal coconuts, peanuts, musical instruments, and a rainbow spectrum of bananas in Donkey Kong 64. It's a lot of busywork, sure, but it brings back nostalgic memories of babysitting my little sister and her best friend, beating the levels that were too hard for them. Then I remember that my sister isn't five anymore, she's 20, and that means I'm sure as hell not 15 anymore. I'm old, so I turn my attention to that next golden banana to avoid thinking about how DK64 came out in 1999.

Chapel Collins, staff writer, @ChapelCollins
This weekend I'll keep working through Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. I was unsure of my purchase because I hate buying the same game twice, but it's definitely changed and updated enough for anyone, let alone a die-hard Dark Souls fan like me, to look into. Also playing Goat Simulator for an upcoming review, and it continues to boggle my mind in a (mostly) good way.

Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
If I can manage to find time for anything other than Mortal Kombat X this weekend, which is incredibly doubtful, I might be digging in the PlayStation Vita and PS4 versions of Shovel Knight. Plus, I have a major urge to check out the new Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China because I just can't ignore a good side-scrolling action game.

Travis Huinker, staff writer, @travishuinker
This weekend will be dedicated to playing Grand Theft Auto V on PC while utilizing a new SLI video card setup in my computer. I'll also be working on my review for recently released I am Bread. If time permits, I'd like to check out Killing Floor 2 in Steam Early Access.

Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
After getting married last week and wrapping up the last of my big projects I'm going to spend some quality time wrapping up Broforce's campaign, and then spend time with some of the other games on my backlog.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Started from the bottom, now we're here. Meaning, I've gone from the Hinterlands to Val Royeaux in Dragon Age: Inquisition. The trip from country bumpkin to Classical French monsieur was so stunning that my wife looked up from her Jane Austen to ask if I'd downloaded Assassin's Creed: Unity. I hadn't. But to be perfectly clear, getting to Val Royeaux is still early game. Way early game. It's taken me 20 hours just to get this far, though, and I haven't faced off against my first dragon yet.

Rob Larkin, staff writer, @Rob_GN
I was looking for something last weekend that was easy to jump into, so I started playing Resogun again. I'll keep at it this weeknd as I progress towards the platinum trophy. Still doing daily Killzone: Shadow Fall, and I think I'll start a new game this weekend. Have that unopened copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag sitting on the entertainment center, and I think I'll opt for that over Dragon Age: Inquisition because my first impression of Inquisition was just so poor that I am having a really hard time giving it a second shot. So yes, I'm firmly planted in 2013 still. I'll also be going to see Age of Ultron because I realized that it releases a week earlier over here in Europe. Ha ha, suck it, North America!

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I've got the latest DLC for The Evil Within. I've also been smitten—or bitten—by Bloodborne and have been wanting to play a lot of that lately. Then there's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 2nd DLC that I need to catch up on. And as always, there's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, working on bard gear, getting my healer to 50, and doing that weekly dungeon grind.

John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I think most of my time spent this weekend will be in Grand Theft Auto V. I've been a little busy with other things going on, but this weekend should give me some time to dive back into Los Santos and increasing my GTA Online character's level. Oh, also keep from being set on fire by Travis.

Tuesday the 5th is the new Friday the 13th [Mortal Kombat X]

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Traditionally, Jason Voorhees only seeks out his victims on the famed Friday the 13th date(s). That won’t be the case when it comes to Mortal Kombat X. Netherrealm Studios has revealed the released date for MKX’s first downloadable character. Jason will be available for download on all platforms for owners of the Kombat Pack on that date and for everyone else a week later, on May 12.

As with every other character in the game, Jason will get his own, dedicated Kombat Kast the day before his release, which will show off his variations and movesets. Jason will also be accompanied by a new set of costumes for Mileena, Ermac and Reptile.

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