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  1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider has seen no shortage of DLC offerings, and fans have another new adventure for Lara Croft to dive into. Price of Survival sees the explorer racing to decipher codes tied to the leader of the villainous group, Trinity. It also comes with a host of stealth-focused goodies. The add-on features a new single-player tomb along with the Hunter's Array outfit. In addition to boosting the effectiveness of perception plants, the Trinity-themed costume muffles Lara's footsteps while running. Complementing Hunter's Array's is the Silent Sting silenced pistol. Lastly, Lara gains the Raptor's Eye skill, allowing her to outline enemies through walls for improved tracking. Take a look at the trailer below to witness these tools in action. Price of Survival also makes tombs from the base game's story playable in the Score and Time Attack modes. Season pass holders can jump into the DLC now while others can purchase it standalone for $4.99. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider has seen no shortage of DLC offerings, and fans have another new adventure for Lara Croft to dive into. Price of Survival sees the explorer racing to decipher codes tied to the leader of the villainous group, Trinity. It also comes with a host of stealth-focused goodies. The add-on features a new single-player tomb along with the Hunter's Array outfit. In addition to boosting the effectiveness of perception plants, the Trinity-themed costume muffles Lara's footsteps while running. Complementing Hunter's Array's is the Silent Sting silenced pistol. Lastly, Lara gains the Raptor's Eye skill, allowing her to outline enemies through walls for improved tracking. Take a look at the trailer below to witness these tools in action. Price of Survival also makes tombs from the base game's story playable in the Score and Time Attack modes. Season pass holders can jump into the DLC now while others can purchase it standalone for $4.99. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  3. The benefit of using emojis is being able to condense complete sentences into easy-to-decipher symbols (assuming you’re not an out-of-touch old fogie like me). Can they work the same wonders for Kingdom Hearts’ complicated narrative? Disney puts that idea to the test by producing a short video titled "A Look at Kingdom Hearts III: As Told Through Emoji" that is exactly as it sounds. The 4-minute short shrinks the epic scope of the adventure down to the size of a phone screen. It cleverly translates key moments into bouncing heads, message bubbles, and commendable use of the calendar. As someone who’s played a fair amount of Kingdom Hearts III, the video does a solid job of getting general story points across and is entertaining to boot. Disney begins by summarizing the intro of the first game before delving into an abridged retelling of Kingdom Hearts III’s first half. This means some light spoilers lie ahead in terms of when Sora encounters the various Disney/Pixar worlds and why. If you haven’t played the game and want to be surprised on that front, you’ll probably want to avoid this video. Everyone else can check it out below. Kingdom Hearts III is available now on PS4 and Xbox One. What did you think of the video? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  4. The benefit of using emojis is being able to condense complete sentences into easy-to-decipher symbols (assuming you’re not an out-of-touch old fogie like me). Can they work the same wonders for Kingdom Hearts’ complicated narrative? Disney puts that idea to the test by producing a short video titled "A Look at Kingdom Hearts III: As Told Through Emoji" that is exactly as it sounds. The 4-minute short shrinks the epic scope of the adventure down to the size of a phone screen. It cleverly translates key moments into bouncing heads, message bubbles, and commendable use of the calendar. As someone who’s played a fair amount of Kingdom Hearts III, the video does a solid job of getting general story points across and is entertaining to boot. Disney begins by summarizing the intro of the first game before delving into an abridged retelling of Kingdom Hearts III’s first half. This means some light spoilers lie ahead in terms of when Sora encounters the various Disney/Pixar worlds and why. If you haven’t played the game and want to be surprised on that front, you’ll probably want to avoid this video. Everyone else can check it out below. Kingdom Hearts III is available now on PS4 and Xbox One. What did you think of the video? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  5. Depending on what platform you own and the subscription service you're signed up for, Anthem launches either February 15 for early birds or the 22nd for everyone else. Get hyped for Bioware's shared world shooter with a launch trailer designed to rocket anticipation to the stratosphere. The bombastic trailer doesn't reveal much that hasn't been shown already in terms of gameplay. It does, however, look very cool. Check it out to determine where the game sits on your excitement meter. Like Destiny, Anthem drops players into a shared alien world as Freelancers who pilot high-tech suits called Javelins. In addition to tackling enemy factions, Freelancers must also contend with dangerous fauna and violent weather events. Anthem recently wrapped up its open beta. It experienced several server issues, largely during its early VIP period for pre-order customers. Looking forward to Anthem? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  6. Depending on what platform you own and the subscription service you're signed up for, Anthem launches either February 15 for early birds or the 22nd for everyone else. Get hyped for Bioware's shared world shooter with a launch trailer designed to rocket anticipation to the stratosphere. The bombastic trailer doesn't reveal much that hasn't been shown already in terms of gameplay. It does, however, look very cool. Check it out to determine where the game sits on your excitement meter. Like Destiny, Anthem drops players into a shared alien world as Freelancers who pilot high-tech suits called Javelins. In addition to tackling enemy factions, Freelancers must also contend with dangerous fauna and violent weather events. Anthem recently wrapped up its open beta. It experienced several server issues, largely during its early VIP period for pre-order customers. Looking forward to Anthem? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  7. FromSoftware dropped a new cinematic trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice showing off a bit of narrative as opposed to flashy combat. The beautiful flashback provides a glimpse at how protagonist Sekiro came under the tutelage of his grizzled mentor, the Owl. We see the Owl adopting an adolescent Sekiro in the aftermath of a bloody battle. Though brief, the scene highlights Sekiro’s more straightforward approach to storytelling as opposed to the vague narratives of the Souls series. First teased at the 2017 Game Awards, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice made its full unveiling during E3 2018. Taking place during the war-ridden Sengoku period of Japan, players control Sekiro, a one-armed shinobi who wields multi-functional prosthetic limb. After enemies leave Sekiro for dead and abduct a young lord he’s sworn to protect, the warrior must hunt down those responsible. Though it shares similar DNA to Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Sekiro's gameplay emphasizes speed, stealth, and verticality via a grappling hook used to scale structures Look for Sekiro: Shadows Die twice when it launches March 22 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  8. FromSoftware dropped a new cinematic trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice showing off a bit of narrative as opposed to flashy combat. The beautiful flashback provides a glimpse at how protagonist Sekiro came under the tutelage of his grizzled mentor, the Owl. We see the Owl adopting an adolescent Sekiro in the aftermath of a bloody battle. Though brief, the scene highlights Sekiro’s more straightforward approach to storytelling as opposed to the vague narratives of the Souls series. First teased at the 2017 Game Awards, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice made its full unveiling during E3 2018. Taking place during the war-ridden Sengoku period of Japan, players control Sekiro, a one-armed shinobi who wields multi-functional prosthetic limb. After enemies leave Sekiro for dead and abduct a young lord he’s sworn to protect, the warrior must hunt down those responsible. Though it shares similar DNA to Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Sekiro's gameplay emphasizes speed, stealth, and verticality via a grappling hook used to scale structures Look for Sekiro: Shadows Die twice when it launches March 22 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  9. Crackdown 3 releases February 15 (assuming it doesn’t suffer yet another delay). To both celebrate the occasion and prep fans for what’s to come, Microsoft is currently giving away the first game for free. This promotion of course refers to the digital version, which is available via Xbox One backwards compatibility. The game also benefits from Xbox One X enhancements, meaning it performs a bit smoother than you remember. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson announced the news on Twitter but didn’t mention if this would be a permanent giveaway or only last until the end of Crackdown 3’s launch window. I would imagine the latter case to be true, so I recommend grabbing your copy sooner than later just to be on the safe side. Crackdown originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Players control a superpowered Agent pursuing three crime lords in the fictional Pacific City. Bringing them to justice involves wrecking the sandbox world with tons of firearms while leaping around and chucking cars like the Hulk. It received glowing reviews at the time and was followed by a 2010 sequel that was less warmly received (and made by a different developer). Crackdown 3 was first announced at Microsoft’s E3 2014 briefing. It has hit numerous development potholes on the road to its release next week. Planning to give Crackdown one more go around before the third entry arrives? Or are you leaping into the game for the first time? Sound off in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  10. Crackdown 3 releases February 15 (assuming it doesn’t suffer yet another delay). To both celebrate the occasion and prep fans for what’s to come, Microsoft is currently giving away the first game for free. This promotion of course refers to the digital version, which is available via Xbox One backwards compatibility. The game also benefits from Xbox One X enhancements, meaning it performs a bit smoother than you remember. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson announced the news on Twitter but didn’t mention if this would be a permanent giveaway or only last until the end of Crackdown 3’s launch window. I would imagine the latter case to be true, so I recommend grabbing your copy sooner than later just to be on the safe side. Crackdown originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Players control a superpowered Agent pursuing three crime lords in the fictional Pacific City. Bringing them to justice involves wrecking the sandbox world with tons of firearms while leaping around and chucking cars like the Hulk. It received glowing reviews at the time and was followed by a 2010 sequel that was less warmly received (and made by a different developer). Crackdown 3 was first announced at Microsoft’s E3 2014 briefing. It has hit numerous development potholes on the road to its release next week. Planning to give Crackdown one more go around before the third entry arrives? Or are you leaping into the game for the first time? Sound off in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  11. Those who enjoyed or missed out on stabbing British redcoats in the neck and palling around with Benjamin Franklin can have their fun with a Assassin’s Creed III Remastered. Arriving March 29 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, the remaster includes the base game along with The Tyranny of King Washington and Benedict Arnold and Hidden Secrets DLC missions. It also throws in Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation Remastered for good measure. A new graphics engine boasts higher resolution textures as well as 4K and HDR for compatible PC's, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X versions. Furthermore, developer Ubisoft Barcelona made improvements to general gameplay and ergonomics. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey season pass holders will automatically receive Assassin’s Creed III Remastered as part of that bundle. Otherwise, players can purchase the standalone game for $39.99. Set during the American Revolution, Assassin’s Creed III stars Connor, a half Native American, half English warrior fighting to protect his tribe from destruction. He finds his way into the mysterious Assassin order and swept up in the historic conflict between the American colonies and the British Crown. It also serves as the final game of the Desmond Miles era of the series. Excited to play Assassin's Creed III again? Are you looking forward to checking it out for the first time? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  12. Those who enjoyed or missed out on stabbing British redcoats in the neck and palling around with Benjamin Franklin can have their fun with a Assassin’s Creed III Remastered. Arriving March 29 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, the remaster includes the base game along with The Tyranny of King Washington and Benedict Arnold and Hidden Secrets DLC missions. It also throws in Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation Remastered for good measure. A new graphics engine boasts higher resolution textures as well as 4K and HDR for compatible PC's, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X versions. Furthermore, developer Ubisoft Barcelona made improvements to general gameplay and ergonomics. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey season pass holders will automatically receive Assassin’s Creed III Remastered as part of that bundle. Otherwise, players can purchase the standalone game for $39.99. Set during the American Revolution, Assassin’s Creed III stars Connor, a half Native American, half English warrior fighting to protect his tribe from destruction. He finds his way into the mysterious Assassin order and swept up in the historic conflict between the American colonies and the British Crown. It also serves as the final game of the Desmond Miles era of the series. Excited to play Assassin's Creed III again? Are you looking forward to checking it out for the first time? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  13. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new battle royale in town from the makers of Titanfall. Apex Legends is a new free-to-play competitor to Fortnite and PUBG and is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin). Apex Legends is a spin-off set in the Titanfall universe, taking place 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2. Though it lacks actual Titans, the hero-focused, squad-based game pits teams of 3 against 19 other teams (making 57 players total) in a last-team standing deathmatch. Players choose from one of eight Legends. These characters sport unique abilities, such as a medic and tracker, giving the game more of an Overwatch or Rainbow Six vibe in that assembling a balanced team is key. Other twists include the Jumpmaster system which allows players to manually pinpoint their exact landing zones prior to the start of the match. Respawn Beacons act as one-use locations that revive downed teammates. Additionally, an intelligent gear system automatically attaches accessories to their appropriate weapons, saving the player time in having to manually do so themselves. The implementation of Seasons affirms Respawn’s commitment to making Apex Legends an engaging long-term experience. Season 1 kicks off in March alongside a purchasable battle pass that unlocks cosmetic items traditionally obtained through gameplay. Respawn states that future Seasons will bring new Legends, weapons, cosmetics, and more. Cross-platform play, while currently unavailable, is said to be in the works as well. As for what Apex Legends means for the development of Titanfall 3, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2016 sequel is apparently not in the works. According to a Eurogamer interview with Lead Producer Drew McCoy, Apex Legends has been the project that the studio has been quietly working on and not Titanfall 3 as many had assumed/hoped. It’s worth noting that Respawn is also developing Star War Jedi: Fallen Order, set to release this fall. Have you played Apex Legends? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
  14. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new battle royale in town from the makers of Titanfall. Apex Legends is a new free-to-play competitor to Fortnite and PUBG and is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin). Apex Legends is a spin-off set in the Titanfall universe, taking place 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2. Though it lacks actual Titans, the hero-focused, squad-based game pits teams of 3 against 19 other teams (making 57 players total) in a last-team standing deathmatch. Players choose from one of eight Legends. These characters sport unique abilities, such as a medic and tracker, giving the game more of an Overwatch or Rainbow Six vibe in that assembling a balanced team is key. Other twists include the Jumpmaster system which allows players to manually pinpoint their exact landing zones prior to the start of the match. Respawn Beacons act as one-use locations that revive downed teammates. Additionally, an intelligent gear system automatically attaches accessories to their appropriate weapons, saving the player time in having to manually do so themselves. The implementation of Seasons affirms Respawn’s commitment to making Apex Legends an engaging long-term experience. Season 1 kicks off in March alongside a purchasable battle pass that unlocks cosmetic items traditionally obtained through gameplay. Respawn states that future Seasons will bring new Legends, weapons, cosmetics, and more. Cross-platform play, while currently unavailable, is said to be in the works as well. As for what Apex Legends means for the development of Titanfall 3, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2016 sequel is apparently not in the works. According to a Eurogamer interview with Lead Producer Drew McCoy, Apex Legends has been the project that the studio has been quietly working on and not Titanfall 3 as many had assumed/hoped. It’s worth noting that Respawn is also developing Star War Jedi: Fallen Order, set to release this fall. Have you played Apex Legends? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments. View full article
  15. So you want to play Monopoly, huh? Good luck with that. Though a great game, it’s a notoriously tough sell with friends and has only become less appealing over time. Why would we, broke millennials, want to spend hours playing with phoney money when we could laugh our sorrows away with, say, Cards Against Humanity? Is mortgaging Baltic Avenue going to help pay off my student loan? To be fair, Baltic Avenue couldn’t buy a single Community Chest card. I still love Monopoly, however, and am always looking for ways to tric-*ahem*-convince others into slinging properties for a night. I’ve largely failed at this in the past decade or so, but I’ve learned valuable lessons about making it happen–by any means necessary. If you too hope to trade bills with Papa Monopoly (that’s the old dude’s name, right?), follow my patented tips on making Monopoly night a reality. Plan Ahead Trust me when I tell you that no one wants to play Monopoly on a whim. You may as well ask your friends if they feel like climbing Everest in the middle of your get-together. Planning a dedicated Monopoly night in advance eliminates the knee jerk reaction to refuse and it respects everyone’s time. Players can clear their schedule, have time to get excited, and pen farewell letters to their loved ones. God only knows when they’re returning home once the game starts. Assemble a Feast Food can make anything more tolerable. Turn your Monopoly session into a potluck! The sting of losing cash on Richard’s ill-gotten utilities feels less potent with a mouth full of Swedish meatballs. Or, if you want to guarantee future Monopoly nights, supply all of the grub yourself! People will line up to play if they know they’ll get to chow down for free. It’ll hurt your wallet but you’ve got to spend money to make not-money. Choose a Rage-Resistant Play Setting When people joke about board games ending with someone flipping the table they’re talking about Monopoly. I’ve witnessed it first-hand when a three-day long game (yes, really) ended with a “friend” sending the board flying. The floor may seem like the perfect counter to this, but it’s actually more prone to game flippage. Tables might be the meme, but few are bold enough to actually turnover another person’s furniture. Like, are you going to pay for my now three-legged table? If you’ve got one of those fancy kitchen islands, that’s perfect. Your nice granite top is not only a permanent fixture of the building but, as previously mentioned, the surrounding food will help quell any volatile emotions. Put on a Movie About Money and Business This is purely optional and kind of dumb, but some might argue the same about playing Monopoly in 2018. I think having a relevant film play in the background of your session would really up the ambiance. Maybe Wall Street–the first one, please–or something recent like The Big Short. If nothing else, it’ll help take your guests minds off the fact that they’ve sacrificed their entire night to Old Man Monopoly. Volunteer to be the Banker No one wants to be the Banker. Though not a difficult job, being in charge of the money simply means more work. You’re lucky to have gotten this far. Don’t push it by forcing the possibility of fumbling with cash on your friends. Bite the bullet and prepare to spend the night dealing out $500 bills. Just kidding. We all know those orange notes barely get touched. Be Open to “Street” Rules I’m admittedly a hard-nosed traditionalist when it comes to board games. I prefer play a pure, by-the-book game instead of implementing “street” or house rules. You know, the made-up decrees everyone seems to know despite believing only you and your inner circle invented them. These include adding houses without building a monopoly or the popular Free Parking jackpot rule. Sticking to the traditional rules can get in the way of more casual players who just want to throw dice, move the little Scottie dog around, and have a stupid good time. So ease up, Rulemeister, and let everyone have their incorrect fun. Create an Easy-to-Achieve Endgame Winning Monopoly requires one player to bankrupt everyone else on the board. Since that can take roughly an eternity and a half, you may want to consider changing that. A common solution is “first to X-amount of money wins”. Maybe the victor can be the person who completes a certain number of laps around the board. It could even be whoever owns the most property once they’re all bought up. Whatever goal you concoct, just make sure it makes the light at the end of the tunnel brighter than a supernova. Have Fun! At the end of the day isn’t that what Monopoly is about? I mean, historically no, but isn’t that what we like to believe Monopoly is about? This list is all about finding ways to have a grand time with the people you tolerate and perhaps even like. After all, board games have a way of bringing us all together. We should try to preserve their emphasis on fun camaraderie and healthy competition–no matter how inherently frustrating the game may be. If it means awarding $500 bucks and a railroad to pass Go while Blank Check blares in the background, this will all be worth it. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
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