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Watch Dogs 2 Hands-on Preview

Watch Dogs 2 will live or die by is how well the game develops Marcus as a character and the story around him. There are some interesting characters and worlds to explore here and if they’re able to provide that with a compelling narrative, Watch Dogs 2 might be one of the better games of this holiday season.

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-on Preview

Planet Coaster Preview

Those of us who enjoyed the original have much to look forward to, and let's hope that Planet Coaster will serve to initiate newer gamers into the fascinating art and craft of amusement park design.

Planet Coaster Preview

Preview: Call of Duty Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta

Over the past week a couple of our editors had the opportunity to jump into one of this holidays most anticipated games, Call of Duty: Black Ops III. As many of you already know this past week was the launch of the games multiplayer beta. Our editors sat down for the beta and jotted down their thoughts for your reading pleasure. So sit back, relax, and jump into our look at the multiplayer for Black Ops III.

Preview: Call of Duty Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta

Preview: Age of Wonders III -- Eternal Lords

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords appears to be an expansion pack targeted at fans who want more of the same, but with a few tweaks, a new campaign with a story, and some new standalone scenarios. Given how enjoyable the previous games implemented this formula, this approach makes sense. What remains to be seen is how many times this well can be revisited before the pattern gets tiresome. Hopefully, it has at least another 20-30 hours in it – enough to make Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords an enjoyable experience.

Preview: Age of Wonders III -- Eternal Lords

Early Access Showcase: Dungeon Defenders II

With Dungeon Defenders II, the gameplay and graphical improvements are immediately obvious. What I played of this game indicates that it will be an upgrade over its predecessor in just about every imaginable way. My doubts about the game have more to do with its business model, and whether it will provide you with a satisfactory experience that doesn’t involve bleeding you out 99 cents at a time or forcing you to grind slowly for gold and experience. I am not a fan of the Free-to-Play model, but this might be an example of a game where I will give it a try.

Early Access Showcase: Dungeon Defenders II

Darkstation @ PAX South: Ronin

As soon as I saw Ronin's awesome poster and description I knew I had to play it, and what a game it is. A delightfully fresh take on stealth action games, Ronin already feels great and looks excellent. It's due out later this year, and has gone from off my radar to one of my most anticipated games for 2015 on the strength of the demo.

Darkstation @ PAX South: Ronin

Preview: Invisible Inc.

Invisible Inc so far has great likelihood of becoming a unique and exciting experience. I’ve played tons of turn-based strategy games before, and I’ve played tons of stealth games before; but adding the two together is something very different. Trying to sneak an agent into an area without being detected is a combination of both sound strategy and a solid grasp of stealth mechanics; skills I have rarely used in conjunction with each other.

Preview: Invisible Inc.

Destiny PS4 Beta - Part 1

Up until E3 of this year, there was not a lot known about Bungie's newest game, Destiny. There were a lot of ideas garnered from the few videos that had been released up until that point, but no solid facts. Though having the option, I didn't jump into the alpha. Such a short look at that time wasn't a huge priority, but when I was given the chance to dive headfirst into the PS4 Beta this past weekend, I recognized it for what it was... a chance to deliver a really bad pun about Destiny.

Destiny PS4 Beta - Part 1

Post E3-Report: Hellraid

After watching the presentation, I looked over my notes and discovered, to my surprise, that I absentmindedly wrote down, "Reminds me of Hexen." Thinking about it for a bit, Hellraid certainly felt similar to Raven's classic (and awesome) FPS, making me more interested in giving it a try. Techland offered a 2015 release window for Hellraid, but invites players to experience it this fall through Steam's Early Access.

Post E3-Report: Hellraid

A Look at the Battlefield Hardline Beta

Hardline has perhaps gripped me like no other Beta has. The game is a different kind of Battlefield experience that plays less like a competitor to the usual games and more like a compliment to it. But maybe that’s just why Hardline seems to be working. The game isn’t core Battlefield, rather it’s a Battlefield inspired alternative, and developers Visceral Games seem to recognize that. The game takes the established Battlefield tenets of teamwork, destruction and vehicular combat and condenses them into a more succinct form whilst maintaining the unmistakably chaotic flow of your average Battlefield multiplayer match. It’s for this reason why the game seems so enjoyable and why the transition from its militaristic style to this new breed of cops versus crooks fare has been so seamless. Whether or not this game warrants the exact same price tag as Battlefield 4 remains to be seen, but from what I’ve played, it’s more than enjoyable enough to bear the Battlefield nametag.

A Look at the Battlefield Hardline Beta