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Night In The Woods Review – A Colorful Adventure That Hits Home

Night in the Woods is about mistakes, recklessness, and friendship, all wrapped up in a colorful adventure game. You play as Mae, a 20-year-old anthropomorphic cat who drops out of college and returns to her hometown. With an emphasis on self-discovery, rebuilding old relationships, and understanding the struggles of a dead-end town, Night in the Woods is an enthralling experience that captures both the wonder of childhood and the dread of adulthood.

This narrative-driven adventure draws players in by allowing them to explore the town of Possum Springs and reconnect with Mae’s past. Upon her return, she begins to notice ominous happenings that tie into the ghostly folklore of the town, and soon her and a group of friends set out to find the truth. This tale unfolds gradually as players establish a daily in-game routine – interacting with friends, venturing into town, causing trouble – but Night in the Woods rewards your patience as it gradually brings the threads together.

Although the story is slow-paced, Night in the Woods shines in its smaller moments. Mae scribbles doodles in her notebook after certain events, which can be dark or hilarious. Making dubious decisions to let off steam, like breaking things with a baseball bat or knife-dueling your best friend, is childishly amusing in its recklessness. The plot also taps into complicated subject matter delicately, from dealing with issues of depression to a gay couple expressing frustration at being the only openly LGBTQ people in a small town. Ranging from heavy to irreverent, the way Night in the Woods handles a broad array of interesting situations is among its best qualities. 

Mae is particularly memorable because she is deeply flawed and complex. I chuckled often at her cynical wit, became endeared by her morbid back-and-forth jokes with her best friend Gregg, and related to her insecurities as she gives herself a pep talk in the mirror before heading to a party. While it may seem like she’s pumping the brakes on her future by dropping out of college, her reasons for doing so become apparent as the story progresses. 

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The natural, funny dialogue and characters’ evolution are more ways Night in the Woods sets itself apart. You notice subtle changes with the townsfolk from one day to the next, and hanging out with friends over time has them open up to you. Chatting online with friends uses just the right amount of abbreviations, and has a realistic flow. Dialogue options bring interactivity to conversations, but the choices mainly impact who you hang out with and which scenarios you witness. 

A number of simple-but-amusing minigames pop up through the story. Some of these include a rhythm game that occurs during band practice and shooting pierogis into a friend’s mouth with careful aiming. The rhythm game in particular has a Guitar Hero feel to it, which turns out to be fun and challenging as you attempt to hit the right notes in a timely manner. These quirky diversions add a degree of novelty and immersion, but aren’t challenging enough to interrupt your progress. 

Mae has bizarre out-of-body experiences through her dreams, which focus on exploration. In most of these dreamscapes, you platform your way through shadowy parts of town, searching for four different musicians to complete a puzzle. These are never difficult to complete, but are breathtakingly atmospheric as an eclipsed moon hangs above, and apartment windows glow in the nighttime. 

Talking to all the characters on a daily basis and revisiting locations can be tedious, but it’s often rewarding once you get there. I enjoyed listening to my neighbor’s short and strange poems, and looking for stars with a teacher on a rooftop as he explains the mythos behind different constellations in the sky. By overhearing conversations, I better understand the dismal economy of a town that no longer prospers as it did years ago, and how this affects its working-class townsfolk. 

Night in the Woods is a strange tale with an even stranger cast of characters, but it revels in its oddities. The excellent writing pulls off a realistic sense of cynicism, childlike wonder, and comradery between friends. With its careful balance between adult themes and youth, it captures a stage of life that is confusing, frightening, and thrilling. The sluggish pacing can drag, but players fill the time by building friendships and understanding the grim secrets of a town they once again call home.

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Lego Batman Movie Story Pack Hits Lego Dimensions Today

The Lego Batman Movie is in theaters today, and Lego Dimensions has a new story pack timed to its release. The Lego Batman Movie story pack features Batman and Robin minifigs and a Batwing, which can be transformed into two other vehicles.

The story pack features six levels based on the movie, featuring gadgets galore and a host of the Joker's goons. The Batwing can be rebuilt into a Bat-Raptor and an Ultrabat. Take a look at the trailer below for a look at the pack in action.

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The story pack is priced at $ 29.99.

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Fallout Shelter Hits Xbox One And Windows 10 Next Week

Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play mobile game, engaged many when it launched back in 2015, and has only grown since then with pets, iconic Fallout characters, additional rooms, and more. It later hit PC. Now Xbox One and Windows 10 users are getting the opportunity to build and manage their own vault as well.

This all begins on February 7. Fallout Shelter is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which allows players to switch between the Xbox One and their Windows 10 PC, retaining their progress, saves, and achievements. In addition, the game has been updated to work with an Xbox One controller. 

For more on Fallout Shelter, you can read our review here and a feature discussing more of its magic here.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

 

Our Take
This is great for those who have been itching to try the game, especially since it's had so many cool improvements since launch. If you haven't played it, it's worth giving it a shot when it launches next week on Xbox One.

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As GTA Online Engagement Hits Record High, Rockstar Kicks Off A Double GTA$ And RP Event

Today Rockstar Games announced that December 2016 saw more players engaged with GTA Online than ever before. Across Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, players participated in 13 million stunt races, fought 15 million matches of Juggernaut, started 24 million new motorcycle clubs, and made 10 billion vehicle modifications in the span of just one month.

Rockstar also announced a Double GTA$ and RP event for three modes that starts today and runs through February 13th. The modes included in the event are Juggernaut, Vehicle Vendetta, and Lost vs. Damned. Additionally, players can take advantage of a variety of discounts, such as 50-percent off executive offices, and 25-percent off vehicle warehouses. 

For more details on the event, you can go to Rockstar's website here

[Source: Rockstar]

Our Take 
With Grand Theft Auto V still selling as well as it does month over month, it's no surprise that players are engaging more with the engrossing online portion. Rockstar has done a commendable job of giving players new expansions and content since release, and events such as this one ensure that fans will keep coming back for more.  

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As GTA Online Engagement Hits Record High, Rockstar Kicks Off A Double GTA$ And RP Event

Today Rockstar Games announced that December 2016 saw more players engaged with GTA Online than ever before. Across Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, players participated in 13 million stunt races, fought 15 million matches of Juggernaut, started 24 million new motorcycle clubs, and made 10 billion vehicle modifications in the span of just one month.

Rockstar also announced a Double GTA$ and RP event for three modes that starts today and runs through February 13th. The modes included in the event are Juggernaut, Vehicle Vendetta, and Lost vs. Damned. Additionally, players can take advantage of a variety of discounts, such as 50-percent off executive offices, and 25-percent off vehicle warehouses. 

For more details on the event, you can go to Rockstar's website here

[Source: Rockstar]

Our Take 
With Grand Theft Auto V still selling as well as it does month over month, it's no surprise that players are engaging more with the engrossing online portion. Rockstar has done a commendable job of giving players new expansions and content since release, and events such as this one ensure that fans will keep coming back for more.  

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Pokémon Duel Hits Mobile Today

The Pokémon Company has released a surprise new mobile game today called Pokémon Duel, in which the collectable critters battle over territory.

In the online game, which is available on iOS and Android, players build out their roster and group them into teams of six. Pokémon have their own stats, including how many steps they can take toward the goal. When players meet on the grid-like board, they battle, spinning a disc to see what attacks they'll use. The first player to get their Pokémon to the goal wins.

You can check out a trailer for the game below.

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Mario Kart 64 Hits Wii U Tomorrow

Nintendo's got some good surprise news today for those who enjoy the Nintendo 64 rendition of Mario Kart. The game will be available on the Wii U via Virtual Console starting tomorrow.

The Virtual Console version of Mario Kart 64 will cost $ 9.99. You can find out more details here on Nintendo's listing for the game.

Be sure to check out review of the latest Mario Kart.

Our Take
Well, if you were hankering for this particular slice of nostalgia, yay. 

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Mario Party 2 Hits Wii U As A Virtual Console Game

Nintendo announced today that Mario Party 2 is now live on Wii U as a Virtual Console game. If you want to take a trip down Mario-memory lane with some pals, it'll run you $ 10.

You can find out more details on the official virtual console page.

Be sure to check out our review of the latest Mario Party here.

Our Take
Just in time for the holidays, where many of us will be in search of party games to play with family and friends. How about that?

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Super Mario Run Hits 40 Million Downloads In Four Days

Super Mario Run has been downloaded 40 million times in four days, which Nintendo claims is the fastest something has been downloaded in App Store history.

The game broke other records as well, like topping the App Store charts in more than 140 countries and regions, and rising to the top-10 highest-grossing charts in more than 100 countries. Nintendo did not reveal how many players paid for the game after downloading it for free, but its spot on the highest-grossing charts implies that it has been selling very well.

For our review of Super Mario Run, head here.

 

Our Take
You can find my full thoughts on Mario Run by following the link to my review above. Condensed though, it's a good platformer, but there is simply not a whole lot there. The price is also a little high at $ 9.99, but I love the micro-transaction-free model, though, and I hope more games use it.

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Game creation platform Roblox hits 30 million monthly active users

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