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Full Metal Furies, Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition, more added to Xbox Store

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look into the midweek additions to the Xbox Games Store.

First up is Cellar Door’s Full Metal Furies, a beat ’em up that doubles as an action RPG that’s now available to download for the Xbox One and PC as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. Promising to redefine the beat ’em up, Full Metal Furies includes a “unique combat system” and simultaneous co-op for up to four players. But even if you’re going it alone, the “Pick 2” system lets players take two different characters into battle.

Also available to download today is Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition, an updated version of Squad’s space simulation. The Enhanced Edition includes three new control schemes, an updated user interface, and a number of other updates and enhancements. Current owners of Kerbal Space Program will be able to download the Enhanced Edition as a free update.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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Gorogoa Review: A Museum-Worthy Puzzler

Nearly five years ago, at my first IndieCade East, I was amazed by what games could do. The feelings they evoked in me, the anxiety, the joy – that weekend helped solidify in me that games were more than just an activity. Sometimes, they could be an experience, one that was unique, evocative, and memorable.

Unsurprisingly, one of the games I played that cold weekend in New York City was the hauntingly beautiful Gorogoa. (more…)

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2018 DICE Awards nominees announced and Horizon: Zero Dawn leads the way with ten

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards, and Horizon: Zero Dawn leads the pack with ten.

The action-adventure game from Guerrilla will compete for “Game of the Year,” as well as… deep breath… “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Achievement in Character” (for Aloy), “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design,” “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction,” “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” “Outstanding Technical Achievement,” “Outstanding Achievement in Animation,” and “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction.”

Whew.

Other games nominated for “Game of the Year” include Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The 2018 DICE Awards will be handed out in a ceremony at the conclusion of this year’s DICE Summit on February 22. A complete list of this year’s nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Dark Souls Remastered will also be coming to the PC, PS4, Xbox One on May 25

Bandai Namco has big plans for Dark Souls Remastered, and it looks like the enhanced re-release will actually make its way to multiple platforms this Spring. In addition to the franchise’s Nintendo Switch debut, the publisher will also release Dark Souls Remastered for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 25.

“Dark Souls Remastered delivers the same great gameplay, online mechanics, and environmental storytelling that has inspired countless game players and developers,” said Kasumi Yogi, the Associate Brand Manager for Bandai Namco Entertainment America. “We are excited to watch the thriving Dark Souls community grow and support new players experiencing the title for the first time.”

This new version of the acclaimed action RPG will come packaged with the Artorias of the Abyss expansion, and players who own a PC, PS4 Pro, or Xbox One X will be able to experience the game in “Dynamic 4K” resolution.

The first trailer for Dark Souls Remastered has been embedded above.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Horizon, Madden 18 will compete for 2018 Writers Guild Award

With the Game Awards in the rearview mirror and the GDC and DICE Awards coming up, we are definitely smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Earlier today, the Writers Guild of America chimed in with their nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing.” Four games will compete for the writing award next month, and the list includes Bethesda’s Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, TinyCo’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the “Longshot” Story Mode from EA’s Madden NFL 18.

The winner of this year’s Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” will be announced on February 11. The complete list of nominated writers can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Overwatch League’s inaugural season begins today

We’re just a few hours away from the very first match in the Overwatch League, the first esports league to be organized like a professional sports league.

The San Francisco Shock will take on the Los Angeles Valiant at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. Ten other teams will compete in the inaugural season including the Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons.

“The Overwatch League was created to deliver an awesome and unique experience for players, teams, and fans,” said Mike Morhaime, the CEO of Blizzard. “With 12 first-class teams representing major cities from Asia, Europe, and North America, we’re confident that the inaugural season of the league is going to redefine what people expect from esports… and be a giant celebration of the Overwatch community as a whole.”

Fans will be able to watch all Overwatch League matches on OverwatchLeague.com, Twitch, MLG.com, and the mobile apps associated with all three sites.

Overwatch players will also be able to support their favorite team when they play the shooter online. Team uniforms for all 12 Overwatch League teams are now available to purchase through the game’s online store for every character, though players will get the chance to download one uniform for free:

The Overwatch community also will have new ways to join in the fun around the league. Overwatch League team uniforms are now available to purchase as in-game skins, giving fans a fun way to show their support for their favorite teams. All players who log in between now and February 13, 2018, will receive enough League Tokens to obtain a team uniform of their choice free. Skins are available for all 12 teams, and all 26 Overwatch characters, with 50% of the revenue from every Overwatch League skin sold going toward a shared revenue pool for all league teams.

The Overwatch League’s inaugural season will run through June, with the Playoffs and Finals scheduled for July.

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Activision unveils first glimpse at “The Darkest Shore,” the next Nazi Zombies chapter coming to Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty: WWII‘s The Resistance DLC Pack will be available to download through the PlayStation Store on January 30. In addition to three new multiplayer maps, the expansion will also include “The Darkest Shore,” a new chapter for the game’s Nazi Zombies co-op mode:

The Darkest Shore follows our heroes into the next chapter of their dangerous journey. Only days after the horrific disaster of Mittelburg, the crew has received intel that suggests Doktor Straub is on an island just north of Germany. Blanketed in fog, this island is surrounded by Nazi air and sea power – and crawling with the Undead. Marie, Drostan, Olivia, and Jefferson will need to battle all this and more to uncover the mysteries hidden within the Darkest Shore.

The gruesome and gory first trailer for “The Darkest Shore” has been embedded above. Sadly, PC and Xbox One owners will likely have to wait until late February/early March to download the expansion.

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Warp Zoned’s 2017 Golden Pixel Awards: A New Beginning for Video Games

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When we looked over the gaming landscape at the beginning of 2017, we opined that game publishers had done their best to wipe the slate clean throughout all of 2016. Many of gaming’s most mysterious projects were finally released, Nintendo closed the door on the Wii U, the VR revolution was in full swing, and upgraded versions of the PS4 and Xbox One were on the horizon.

In these first few days of 2018, I think it’s safe to say the last 12 months definitely fulfilled that promise. Nintendo’s Switch roared out of the gate in March and the consolemaker filled the calendar with big titles on “Day One” and throughout the rest of the year. Night in the Woods, Persona 5, and Golf Story told new kinds of stories that gamers had never seen before. Cuphead delivered a decidedly retro side-scroller packaged within a unique visual playground packaged. And someone even managed to create a fun Friday the 13th game.

It was quite a year, and you can find more of our favorites from 2017 after the break. (more…)

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