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Axiom Verge Has Speedrun Mode, Still Looks Awesome

Tom Happ's five-year indie project looks to be the 2D Super
Metroid sequel we've been dreaming of. Recently, Happ shared details about a
special mode designed for speedrunners.

Happ outlines the new mode at PlayStation Blog, which will provide
speedrunners with an equal playing field. Normally, Axiom Verge features secret
areas whose layouts and locations are randomly generated each time you play.
Speedrun mode removes the secret areas from the game and turns off other
randomized content so that everyone is playing the same game. Speedrun mode
also lets players skip dialog and displays how long you're taking, which is further
broken down into various milestones such as defeating bosses and reaching particular
areas. Happ's rundown also includes some new screens of the game, which are
enough to make you forget all about that Samus character.

Axiom Verge is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
this spring. For more on the game, check out our in-depth
feature
.

[Source: PlayStation
Blog
]

 

Our Take
Speedrunning is a fascinating
offshoot
of gaming that I've never really partaken in, but the built-in
features are an intriguing and thoughtful addition for those who are interested
in testing their mettle.

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Capcom Breaks Down Resident Evil Revelations 2′s Updated Raid Mode

Resident Evil Revelations 2 producer Michiteru Okabe explains the assorted changes coming to Raid mode.

The run and gun mode that appeared in the first Revelations will be making a return. When the first episode launches, it will come included with a handful of offline Raid levels. Online will be added shortly after the game's final episode releases, and each new episode will add new levels. There will be 15 playable characters, new maps, and new weapons from the first Revelations' Raide mode. You can't find more details about the mode (along with gameplay) in the video below, or by heading here.

Episode one of a planned four episodes launches February 24.

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[Source: Capcom Unity]

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Crota’s End Hard Mode Arrives Next Week In Destiny With A Slate Of New Weapons

The time has finally come, Guardians. Crota’s End gets its hard mode on January 21 at approximately 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

The more aggressive version of the Crota’s End raid is set at level 33. What’s that you say? Your gear only gets you to level 32. Well, they call it “hard mode” for a reason.

Thankfully, the rewards are plentiful. You’ve likely started seeing special and heavy weapons drop throughout the raid. They are Swordbreaker (shotgun), Light of the Abyss (fusion rifle), Black Hammer (sniper rifle), Song of Ir Yut (machine gun), and Hunger of Crota (rocket launcher).

Hard mode will yield primary weapons, though. Here they are, straight from Bungie:

Additionally, you’ll be able to get the Crux of Crota to upgrade Eidolon’s Ally (in turn upgraded from Husk of the Pit) to Necrochasm, an exotic auto rifle. You’ll also be able to get a new ship called Bane of the Dark Gods and a shader called Glowhoo.

Bungie says that hard mode has some new wrinkles that might confound even the most stalwart of Crota’s End veterans. Good luck.

[Source: Bungie]

 

Our Take
I’m still waiting on one more drop (either a helmet or a chest piece) to be able to get to 32. I’m not sure if my character is ready for hard mode, but that isn’t likely to stop me from trying.

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Destiny ‘Crota’s End’ hard mode coming Jan. 21

Next week, ‘Crota’s End’ will get its revenge for all of the cheesy tactics used by Destiny players (maybe us included, maybe not. What’s it to you?).

Bungie is unlocking hard mode for the latest raid on January 21, the developer revealed in an upda…
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Alien: Isolation’s third DLC adds one-life-only Salvage Mode

Are you a survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse or delusions of morality? If that sounds like you then maybe let’s not do coffee… but you may want to check out Alien: Isolation’s new Safe Haven DLC. The add-on’s new Salvage Mode tasks you with…
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PS4 port of Ultra Street Fighter 4 will include Omega Mode

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will land combos on the PS4 this spring sporting a full wardrobe of DLC costumes, but move sets will also be freshened up with the inclusion of Omega Mode, a play style that offers alternate normal and special attacks for the g…
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Halo 5 beta adding Strongholds mode, Rocket Launcher

The Halo 5: Guardians beta is drawing to a close, Spartans. Just one week remains before the doors seal shut on January 18, but developer 343 Industries and publisher Microsoft are going to make sure this shindig goes out with a bang – literally. See…
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Halo 5: Guardians Beta Gets Breakout Mode, New Maps Today

The Halo 5: Guardians beta began earlier this week, and 343 Industries is already loading it up with more ways to play. The next time you log in, you’ll have some new options to test.

Breakout, an extremely fast variant that gives each player one life per round, enters rotation. We had a chance to play around with this mode, and the lethality is most certainly ramped up.

We had a chance to play on the Crossfire map. It will be available alongside a variant called Trench. For Slayer fans, Regret subs in for Truth and Eden takes Empire’s place. Both are “remixes” of the two that appeared in week one. You’ll also note that assault rifle starts are out, battle rifles are in.

For those playing on Regret, keep an eye out for a brand new weapon. The Hydra MLRS is the new power weapon in play.  

[Source: 343 Industries]

 

Our Take
343 Industries is keeping things fresh in the Halo 5 beta, hopefully in order to prevent any of The Master Chief Collection’s problems from popping up this fall. I enjoyed Breakout for its fast pace and team play, so make sure to give it a try.

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New ‘One Shot’ Mode Now Available For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

One Shot is a team mode that’s for snipers only. You start matches with decreased health and pick a highly-specialized class. “Each class features the MORS, a bolt-action railgun sniper, along with a variety of perks, Scorestreaks, and Exo abilities,” Sledgehammer writes in its blog post.

You have five classes to choose from: hard scope, zoomed, 4X, aced, and irons. You can visit Sledgehammer’s blog post to get the nitty-gritty on each class.

Interested? If you participant starting today through the weekend (12/26 through 12/29 9AM PST), you will received double XP.

 

[Source: Sledgehammer via IGN]

 

 

Our Take:
If you're a fan of sniping, this mode should give you your fix. For more aggressive players, existing modes may be more your style. Nonetheless, the double XP is enough incentive to give it a test run. 

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Deliver season’s beatings via Killer Instinct Classic’s new online multiplayer mode

If you get an Xbox One in your Christmas stocking this year (by the way, we need to have a chat about your monstrously huge fire hazard of a stocking), you’ll soon have a new way of beating up on your faraway friends. Killer Instinct Classic will rec…
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