Dying Light Zombiefest this weekend

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Celebrate Halloween weekend with Dying Light's "Zombiefest" starting October 28th! The kills for Night Hunters and Survivors will be tracked live globally and will reveal once and for all which side is the real predator. New ranks are being introduced for Zombiefest and will be available for three weeks. The new ranks include: Crippled Carnivore, Mutilated Stalker, Superior Challenger, Savage Widow Maker, Hunted Hunter, and Indisputable Apex Predator. Also, those who participates in Zombiefest will be awarded with a Gold-tier weapon. 

Check out the Zombiefest Community Bounty video below!

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More Nintendo Switch news coming in January

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Fans hoping for more concrete details on the Nintendo Switch will have to wait a while. The official Nintendo Twitter page has announced that the next full presentation for the console-portable hybrid will take place in Tokyo on January 12th, 2017. The presentation will also be streamed live, likely as a Nintendo Direct.

This will probably be a little disappointing for fans like me who were pretty intrigued by the announcement trailer. It's also a little weird that Nintendo is cutting it so close to the March release of the console to show off games, specs and I would assume pricing and bundle info. Still, it gives me time to catch up on non-Nintendo gaming and work down that Steam backlog, not to mention spend the holidays with my family and girlfriend. Let us know in the comments how you'll be passing the next couple of months.

Starter Pokemon's final evolutions revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon

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A few weeks ago we got a look at the first stage of evolution for the new starter Pokemon for Pokemon Sun and Moon, but as with all of the past games each starter will have two stages of evolution (not counting any Mega Evolutions) and the final stage has been revealed.

First off is Decidueye, the evolved form of Dartrix and final form of Rowlett.  Decidueye actually ditches it's Flying type and is now a dual Grass/Ghost-type which I believe makes it the first starter Pokemon to be a Ghost-type in any of its evolutions.  Decidueye can learn the physical Ghost-type move Spirit Shackle, a move that only Decidueye can learn that prevents opponents from fleeing battle or switching out to another Pokemon.

Next up is Incineroar, the evolved form of Torracat and the final form of Litten.  Incineroar is a dual Fire/Dark-type Pokemon that also has a move only it can learn: Darkest Lariat.  This physical Dark-type move allows Incineroar to deal damage while ignoring any status changes the opponent might have, such as increases or decreases in attack or defense.  Sounds kind of like a double edged sword as if the opponent's defense has been decreased as well as their attack by whatever means, Darkest Lariat will ignore both of those changes, not just those beneficial to Incineroar.

Finally is Primarina, the evolved form of Brionne and the final form of Popplio.  Primarina is a dual Water/Fairy-type Pokemon that has a special move only it can learn called Sparkling Aria which negates the effects of the burn status on its target.  I'm taking a wild guess that since it's a special move that it's more for two-on-two or three-on-three battles and it kind of useless in one-on-one situations.  Still, give that the other two got physical damaging attacks, a status healing move is a nice change.

The new trailer also shows off a few new Pokemon and Alola Forms, the Alola Island Guardians, as well as the Battle Tree where you can battle and team up with past Pokemon champions such as Cynthia and Wally.  But that's not all as at the end of the video you see a scene in which you can challenge two "legend" trainers: Blue and Red.  Yes, you can fight against the protagonist and rival from the original games.

Earn free gems this weekend in SMITE during The Reaping: Part 3

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Halloween draws near and SMITE will be concluding it's annual Reaping event this weekend with The Reaping: Part 3. So what will we be getting this weekend? Free gems! 

This weekend, From Friday October 28th - Monday November 30th, you can earn 50 free gems by completing three "First win of the day" bonus rewards each day. This means that you can earn up to 200 free gems for the entire weekend. This is a good time to earn gems as there were new skins and Odyssey items that were added in the latest patch as well. You can see a rundown of the latest patch notes in the video below

Sonic Utopia is the fan game Sega should pay attention to

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So far we've heard almost nothing about Sega's mysterious Sonic Project 2017, but if it turns out like any of the other recent blue hedgehog-related releases from the company, it will probably end up on the lower end of "meh, okay I guess."

Conversely we have this indie project called Sonic Utopia, built by dedicated fans The Great Lange and Murasaki Fox, and it looks better than anything Sonic Team has put out in the last fifteen years. Seriously, look at this early alpha demo. This is basically everything I've wanted out of a 3D sonic game since forever. The Sonic Adventure series and Sonic Colors came close but Utopia is worlds ahead and it's barely even begun development.

Hopefully Sega isn't as big a killjoy as Nintendo--a company that actively DMCA's fangames that looks better than the official product (see: AM2R and Metroid Federation Force). The Sonic Utopia dropbox is unsurprisingly down at the moment but hopefully you'll be able to grab the demo soon.

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Nintendo resurrects the Cruis’n franchise for arcades

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No, this is not a joke. Nintendo is teaming up with Raw Thrills to bring the classic racing franchise back to arcades. Nintendo had worked with Midway on a number of entries in the franchise, but this is the first one since Midway went out of business back in 2010. Cruis’n Blast is coming soon to arcades!

You can check out the trailer for the game below and see that this is filling a void that exists in the industry: fast, fun, arcade racers! Too many racing games are focused on the simulation genre; a lot of us miss the classic, over the top, insane racing games that are all about fun. Cruis’n Blast looks insane with racers dodging ferris wheels rolling down cityscapes and flipping over the competition, literally. Hopefully this makes its way to Nintendo’s consoles, even if just as a digital release. I miss games like this!

PS Plus games for November 2016

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With nearly a week left to go in October, Sony has revealed which games they are going to give away to PS Plus members next month. The following games will be available free of charge for the entire month of November beginning next Tuesday:

  • Costume Quest 2 for PS3
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters for PS4
  • Dirt 3 for PS3
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture for PS4
  • Letter Quest Remastered for Vita and PS4
  • Pumped BMX+ for Vita, PS3, and PS4

The timing of some of these selections seems to be a little off in my opinion. Costume Quest 2, in particular, would have made a great October offering to coincide with Halloween; The same could be said for The Deadly Tower of Monsters. Dropping them afterwards just seems like a lost opportunity. Despite that, November’s offerings may lack big name titles, but I think that overall it looks to be a stellar grouping of decent titles.

Watch the console launch trailer of XCOM 2: Shen's Last Gift DLC

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New DLC on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for tactical turn-based strategy game XCOM 2. It's called Shen's Last Gift, named after Dr. Raymond Shen, your chief engineer from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. And in Shen's Last Gift, we've got robots, people.

Robots are a problem in XCOM 2 [Gaming Nexus score: 8.8 out of 10]. I target them first and focus fire, considering how much damage they're capable of. Just one robot can wreck a four-man squad if I'm not diligent in taking them down. But now, with your current chief engineer, Lily Shen, taking lead, you're heading into an abandoned ADVENT facility and recovering a robotic prototype. It's a unique soldier class with powerful combat abilities. Get that thing on your team, and you'll be wiping the floor with the enemy, I have no doubt. This bad boy looks like Number 5 from the movie Short Circuit sprouted legs—and is all out of chewing gum.

If you bought the PS4's or Xbox One's Digital Deluxe Edition of XCOM 2 , then you're ready to go. Hit the download button on XCOM 2: Shen's Last Gift and you're in. If not, it's $9.99 by itself. This must be a pretty serious mission, at that price.

A new orchestral CD for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is half way to being Kickstarted

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One of the best parts of any Legend of Zelda game is the music, from the classic theme of the original game to more modern tracks such as Zelda's Lullaby and Dragon Roost Island.  A while back I went to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and it was simply amazing and I was a little disappointed that they weren't selling any CDs of the event.  Granted I know that there are orchestral CDs of the music out there for sale, but now we have a new one.

Hero of Time is an ambitious musical project by Materia Collective that looks to record all new arrangements of many of the tracks from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time using a 64-piece orchestra and release it in digital, CD, and vinyl formats.  There's currently a Kickstarter campaign that runs through October 30th and right now they've raised roughly $28,000 of the $50,000 they need with four more days to go.  The team behind Hero of Time also worked on other projects including Zelda Reorchestrated, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Symphony, the bonus CD that came with Skyward Sword, and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses international tour, which as stated earlier was amazing to attend in person.  If you're a fan of orchestrated Legend of Zelda music, especially from Ocarina of Time, you have four more days to help back this project.

(image courtesy of Materia Collective's Facebook page).

Watch Dogs 2 pre-order bonus, the Zodiac Killer

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The Zodiac Killer terrorized the Bay Area in the 60's. Watch Dogs 2 is bringing him back as a pre-order bonus mission. To be honest, I'm not sure I'm totally on board with that. There were real victims to these crimes and using it to promote a video game seems kinda cheap. This is a monster who definitely killed 5 and injured 2 more, has claimed 37 victims, and is believed to have been involved in more than 20 deaths, but there's an opportunity to capitalize on that for a video game, so why not? I don't know.

Maybe it's hypocritical of me because I don't bat an eye when we use wars to frame a game. Word War I decimated whole communities as certain battalions were made entirely of young men from the area. World War II saw 50-80 million people killed. But I've never felt the slightest trepidation about the Battlefield or Call of Duty series using that. Maybe because it's a serial killer, and the crimes are so much more personal that has me feeling a little more uneasy.

But as I think about I believe it really has more to do with the idea that killers like that shouldn't be made famous. How many heinous crimes have gone down in the past 2 decades from sad little copycats who would rather be known as a monster than forgotten as a nobody? And how often do misguided parents and politicians try to score points by misplacing blame on gaming as a result? 

No, I'd rather have these nobodies remain nobody. Let killers remain nameless and don't give them a single line of ink for their crimes. School shooters, serial killers, I don't care who you are, and I don't want you in my video games. If I want to solve a riddle and find a murderer, I'll play as the Batman and go after the Riddler. Let the Zodiac fade in history so we can all forget he ever was a thing, until we do we give the monster the one thing they always wanted, notoriety. It's not by catching this kind of monster we defeat them; it's by forgetting they were ever even there.

Trailer for the Watch Dogs 2 pre-order bonus below. Watch it and form your own opinion.

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