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How Mortal Kombat Is Getting More Complex

The next Mortal Kombat is going deep. Not just in the ‘show you highly detailed internal organs’ kind of way either. The newly announced Variations feature and other tweaks in Mortal Kombat X are going to give players other layers of options for how they beat each other up.


Diablo III Feels Like It Was Made For Next-Gen Consoles

It all started with the dodge button. Blizzard added that to Diablo IIIwhen bringing it to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. Dodging was a great feature, but it wasn’t enough to make me switch my allegiance from playing on a PC. Now that Diablo III is out for the PS4 and Xbox One, it’s a different story.


I Just Spent Two Weeks Being A Space Commander

“Don’t be That VR Guy,” I keep thinking. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks playing Elite: Dangerous, a PC space-sim that works with the newest Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. It’s been pretty amazing, and I’m having a hard time not being That VR Guy.


Keeping A Princess Alive Is Harder Than It Looks

You know, I thought that getting a young princess through her final year before her coronation wouldn’t be too tough — even with all the court intrigue, invading armies, and economic issues. I was wrong. She died… a lot.


I'm Glad They're Still Making Games Like Divinity: Original Sin

A common line of thinking among modern video game fans goes something like this: Games have gotten dumber. Simpler. Game developers are sanding off the weird edges, dialling back the stats, making everything controller-friendly and aiming for the lowest common denominator. But if that’s true, how do games like Divinity: Original Sin exist?


Only One Minute To Play. Only One Life.

If this was 1985, Sixty Second Shooter Prime would be draining quarters from players’ pockets all over the world. Thankfully, in 2014, you only have to pay for it once.


Watch Me Take Down Two Bosses In Destiny

It’s hard to get much done in Destiny as a lowly level eight, but that’s what friends are for. Bungie’s soon-to-be-released next shooter is, after all, all about interacting in a shared world.


How The Alien In Alien: Isolation Works

The best kind of horror game doesn’t need any guns. It doesn’t need to scare you with difficult enemy encounters and shock value. Sometimes, silence is scarier than all of that.


Bloodborne Is So Much Like A Souls Game It's Spooky

You should have seen me during the Bloodborne announcement at Sony’s presser. I lost all of my British decorum and let out an involuntary whoop. But the trailer left me wondering what the game actually was — it had all the gloom and gore of a Souls trailer, but we saw no gameplay.


Fable Legends' Four Vs One Is A Lot Of Fun

Fable Legends is one of those games that doesn’t quite make sense until you get your hands on it. Fable is such an intrinsically single-player experience for a lot of us that imagining it as a co-op action game requires some mental gymnastics. Once I had a controller in my hands and four other people around me, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it works. A four-player arena combat game might not sound much like Fable, but its fairytale artistic direction, humour and good-natured sense of fun scream Fable with every breath. It’s Fable meets Dungeon Keeper, essentially.