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More Final Fantasy XV Footage, Release Date Announcement Event Revealed

Square Enix's latest Active Time Report ran for over an an hour and
revealed key details about Final Fantasy XV, including gameplay footage
and an announcement for an event where the release date of the game will
be unveiled.

The event is called Final Fantasy Uncovered and will be taking place
in Los Angeles on March 30 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The event will be hosted
by KindaFunny Games' Greg Miller and Tim Getty and it will be open to
the public. Those who are interested in attending will need to access the promo site for Final Fantasy Uncovered to reserve tickets starting on February 5. Final Fantasy Uncovered will also be streamed on Square Enix's YouTube channel and Twitch.

The gameplay footage shown off during the report focused primarily on
stealth, with our heroes infiltrating a military base, warping around
the complex and taking out enemies with backstabs and takedowns.  The
action heats up shortly after, with the party becoming embroiled in a
frantic, all-out battle against troops and a robot. At one point,
protagonist Noctis grabs a gun turret and begins to mow down enemy
troops. Here's the segment if you want to watch it separate from the
Active Time Report:

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Beyond the new footage, Square also shed some light on the
antagonists of the game: the Niflheim empire, a kingdom with a
mechanized military force. The military base in the video belongs to
them. Key players in Niflheim's power structure were introduced,
including  Aldercapt, Niflheim's leader, and Aranea Highwind, who shows
up at the tail end of the gameplay demonstration ready to pick a bone
with Noctis.

The entire presentation is now available online and it touches on a
wide range of subjects like detailing the progress of individual sectors
of the game and discussing user interface enhancements. The video is in
Japanese but has English subtitles. You can watch it here:

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The Division Beta Receives Extension

Having fun exploring post-biological attack New York and mowing down punks and other players? Well, Ubisoft's got some good news for you then: the beta for The Division has been extended by 24 hours.

Originally set to end on February 1, the beta has been extended until February 2 at 6 a.m. PST/ 6 a.m. EST. The announcement  was made on Ubisoft's forum, with the reason for the extension given as a way to "allow everyone who has access to fully enjoy the Beta." It's worth noting this news closely follows Ubisoft announcing that it could no longer guarantee beta access to people who have purchased the game recently.

For our impressions and full rundown of what happens in The Division beta, you can go here.

[Source: Ubisoft Forums]

 

Our Take
Regardless of the pre-order snafu it's cool, if not exactly surprising, that Ubisoft is giving more folks time with the beta.

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Did You Know Gaming Explores The Dark History Of Pandemic’s Cancelled Batman Game

Before Arkham Asylum, there was another Batman game in the works, this one tied to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. At the time it was being developed by Pandemic Studios, the developer behind the original Star Wars: Battlefront, Mercenaries, and The Saboteur. Unlike Arkham Aslyum, Pandemic's Batman game was never released.

The latest video in the Did You Know Gaming series talks about why. It's an utterly bizarre (U2's Bono plays a pivotal role!), kind of tragic story that you should definitely take the time to watch if you're interested in either Batman or game development in general:

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Nintendogs, Sonic Generations, Phoenix Wright, Kingdom Hearts, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Golden Sun, Splatoon, Chrono Trigger, Uncharted, Super Mario Maker, Silent Hill, Sonic Adventure 2, Jak & Daxter, amiibo, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Persona, Dr. Mario, Dragon Age, Zelda: Majora's Mask, Tetris, Monster Hunter, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, more Halo, The Last of Us, Pokémon, more Pokémon, even more Pokémon, Pokémon Snap, Assassin's Creed, Mario, Jet Set Radio, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Rayman, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Guitar Hero, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Star Fox, Punch-Out, Metroid, Zelda, more Zelda, even more Zelda, Final Fight, Doom, Dragon Ball Z, multiple Super Smash Bros. videos, Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the history of the Wii U, NES, Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, the DS, the PlayStation, PlayStation 3, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

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15 Free Indie Games You Should Check Out

It's been a long month. You're probably tired of (still) plowing through The Witcher 3 or The Witness and ready for something new but, hey, bills and an empty bank account strike because of course they do. Well, lucky for you, we're here with some rad free games you should check out. Here are 15 of the best PC indie games that won't cost you a dime to download and play.

Sven Co-op

Sven Co-op started out as a Half-Life mod that let players play through the game cooperatively. Now, 17 years of dedicated support and development later, the mod has been released as its own fully-fledged game on Steam. The perfect game if you're looking to lay the beatdown on some monsters with other players.

You can grab Sven Co-op here.

Emily Is Away

Emily is Away is a short, touching interactive experience about heartbreak and falling in love on the internet. It's a nice little story that doesn't take that long to play.

You can get Emily is Away here.

Naut

Love space? Bouncing? Convertibles? Yeah, then you should check out this quirky and colorful sci-fi adventure.

You can download it here.

PIONEERS

PIONEERS is a gorgeous looking game that's also quite complex and enjoyable to play. You lead a group of travelers across new lands in search of treasure and a way to leave their mark on history. The game's still in development but it's more than worth checking out the current build since it's free and there's plenty to do.

You can download PIONEERS here.

Oh…Sir!

Oh…Sir! is a local multiplayer game where the goal is to beat your foe into submission with insults. It's a great, fun little game if you've got a friend over and are looking for something to do. No singleplayer or online multiplayer though (not yet, anyway).

You can grab Oh…Sir! here.

The Expendabros

The Expendabros is a tie-in game from Free Lives, the developer of Broforce, that's a over the top action game more than worth the time it takes to download and play regardless of whether you like the films or not. It's challenging, fun, and definitely amusing.

You can download The Expendabros here.

Plangman

Plangman is billed as a game that "blends hangman and platforming" but that doesn't do its weirdness justice. Check out its delightful trailer:

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You can download Plangman here.

Relic Hunters Zero

Look. The pitch for Relic Hunters Zero is that it's a game about "shooting evil space ducks and evil space turtles with tiny cute guns." Nothing I can say is going to top that. That said: it is a pretty fun game that plays like a gentler version of Nuclear Throne.

You can grab Relic Hunters Zero here.

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Bayonetta And Corrin Coming To Smash Brothers This Week

Only a few days left until you can lay the smackdown on Kirby as Bayonetta or Corrin, the protagonist from the upcoming Fire Emblem: Fates.   According to Nintendo, both characters will be available to purchase on the afternoon of February 3:

Nintendo also announced that the new wave of Mii fighting costumes will be available. This pack includes Tails, Knuckles, and other costumes for your Mii Fighter to wear:

The DLC will be available through the Nintendo E shop once it goes live. Corrin will cost $ 4.99 while Bayonetta will be a tad more expensive ($ 5.99) because she comes bundled with the Umbra Clock Tower stage. You can find instructions on how to download these DLC packs, and earlier DLC packs, here.

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Madden NFL 16 Free For EA Access Subscribers Starting This Week

EA has announced that  EA Access subscribers will soon be getting access to Madden NFL 16. And just in time for the Super Bowl!

The game will be available to download for subscribers starting on Feb 2. The Vault, EA Access' library of downloadable titles, includes Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Need For Speed Rivals, and others. The service also grants users access to certain games that EA is publishing before their release date. Unravel, the cute upcoming game starring a little man made of yarn, is one of the titles players will have early access. Subscribers will be able to play a chunk of Unravel starting February 4, several days before its release on February 9.

The service costs $ 4.99 a month (a full year subscription is $ 29.99) and is available to Xbox One and PC users though on PC, it's called Origin Access.

[Source: EA Access]

 

Our Take
I've been kind of leery of EA services since experiencing many trials and tribulations with trying to get Origin to work back in 2012 but $ 4.99 for a vault of quality games and early access to games is pretty tempting, I must admit.

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Reminder: It’s The Last Day To Grab January’s Xbox Games With Gold Titles

If you've got Games With Gold and you've been putting it off, just a head's up: today is the last day to grab Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Killer Instinct: Season One Ultra Edition. Those two games will be pulled from rotation to make way for February's titles after today.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is available not only to 360 owners but Xbox One owners as well since it was recently added to the backwards compatibility list. However, FYI: this version of the game is not The Director's Cut edition and lacks the tweaks of that edition as well as The Missing Link DLC.

In February, Games With Gold members will have access to Hand of Fate, Sacred Citadel, Styx Master of Shadows, and Gears Of War 2.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

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Super Replay – Martian Gothic: Unification (Part Ten)

Update: Benevolent Replay fan, Brian, has rescued us from ridiculous map of Martian Gothic's Vita Base. Brian used our Super Replay footage to meticulously recreate Vita Base with an easier-to-follow overhead perspective. The map is a huge improvement over the garbage in-game map. You can download Brian's map yourself at the bottom of this article and follow along.

Remember what you were doing back in February 2011? We do. During our Ape Escape episode of Replay, we played a game for our Roulette segment called Martian Gothic: Unification. As Tim learned, it leaned toward the survival horrible end of the survival-horror spectrum, making it a great Super Replay candidate. Four years later, we're heading back to the red planet to see what kind of nightmarish challenges await.

If you've ever played a clunky PS1-era horror game and thought, "I wish I could juggle three characters and their inventory, in addition to these terrible controls," you have a good idea of what Martian Gothic has to offer. That's not counting the game's unique take on voice acting and characterization. Join us as we do our best to play through the game, limited save slots permitting. We have faith.

Part Ten:

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[Update] Fan Trailer For Detective Pikachu Stars Danny DeVito’s Voice

Update: The saga continues. A dedicated Danny-DeVito-as-Pikachu fan, youtube user Tealhollow1, has created a pretty amusing version of the Detective Pikachu trailer with voice clips from DeVito's movies and shows inserted into it. You can watch it here:

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Original Story (January 29 at 12:42 PM Central):  Danny Devito and Detective Pikachu have a lot in common. They are both short in stature, both have boisterous attitudes, and both are probably pretty good at solving mysteries. That last one is just a hunch.

A change.org petition is asking Nintendo to hire Danny Devito to play the titlular role of Detective Pikachu, the star of Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS game that still hasn’t been confirmed for the West. While watching the Japanese trailer below, try to imagine Danny Devito speaking through the snarky electric mouse. Or better yet, pull up another tab with your favorite clip from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

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Can you hear that? That’s the sound of society’s foundation changing. As of this writing, the petition is at 18,600 signatures and rapidly growing.

To see our coverage of Detective Pikachu in development, head here. To join the revolution, head over to change.org.

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[Update] Day-One Mods For XCOM 2 Made By Creators Of The Long War Revealed

Update: Firaxis has unveiled the mods that Long War Studios has been working on for XCOM 2. There are three of them that will be available to play on launch day. The first implements submachine guns while another mod adds leadership perks that can be assigned to certain units. The last modification introduces a new enemy called a Muton Centurion that looks like a bruiser-type foe.

In an interview with Eurogamer, when asked about the possibility of a Long War-type modification for XCOM 2, John Lumpkin, one of the developers at Long War Studios, said: "We'll see. We are certainly open and exploring the possibility of turning more content."

[Source: Eurogamer]

Original Story (January 24 at 9:58 a.m. Central): Firaxis has announced on its XCOM 2 blog that the development team that created The Long War, the first XCOM's most popular modification, is already creating "multiple mods" for XCOM 2 . Not only that, but apparently these mods will launch alongside the game's release on February 5.

There aren't any details on the nature of these modifications yet but Firaxis will be unveil information about them when they show off the game at PAX South during their panel. If you're not going to PAX, you can watch a stream of the panel here on January 30 at 12:30 p.m. Central.

Recently these modders revealed that they had created their own studio (simply called Long War Studios) and were working on their own game, Terra Invicta. Like the mods for XCOM 2, there aren't that many details for Terra Invicta except that it sounds like a more cerebral version of XCOM.

 [Source: XCOM 2]

 

Our Take
The Long War is the real deal, so we're curious to see what kind of mods they're making for XCOM 2. Looks like we'll know more when Saturday rolls around.

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