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Overwatch Fanart Shows What Our Favorite Heroes Are Up To Off Duty

Overwatch has been taking the gaming world by storm, with over 7 million players since its release under two weeks ago. We've already told you our favorite characters, and while we love playing as them, we wonder: what are they up to when they're not saving the world?

Artist MonoriRogue on DeviantArt has the answer to that question. With their collection of artworks titled the Casual series, MonoriRogue gives a glimpse at how many of the female heroes (along with Junkrat gender-swapped as a girl) of Overwatch live their day-to-day life outside of bustin' bad guys.

Pharah

Justice rides on a motorcycle.

Mercy

Mercy may be a healer, but she needs to recharge sometimes, too.

Tracer

Tracer takes a breather from zooming around and listens to some tunes. 

Zarya

During Zarya's time off, she hits the gym to prepare for the next fight.

D.Va 

D.Va takes some time to chill outside of her enormous mech. Maybe she plays some video games?

Junkrat

The unpredictable, explosive-bearing Junkrat is gender-swapped here as a female. 

Mei

Finally, we have Mei, who is hopefully warming up after blasting enemies with her endothermic gun that freezes them in place.

Overwatch released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24. You can check out our review here, as well as our Test Chamber

What do you think the other Overwatch characters get up to on their days off? Let us know in the comments!

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Shows Off Nightmarish Combat

The recently re-titled Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will attract fans of the Dark Souls series with its unique combat mechanics. The game hits PlayStation 4 and PC later this year.

From developer Ninja Theory, this action game puts players in control of Senua, a Celtic warrior who suffers greatly at the ends of a Viking invasion. The game tackles themes of mental illness and nightmares as the protagonist travels through hellish landscapes to find her sanity again. The latest developer diary highlights Hellblade's gameplay as well as how players' and enemies' health will be displayed. Check it out below.

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The developers reveal quite a bit in this lengthy clip, including a lot about how the action will work. It was important for Senua to feel vulnerable and not like a superhero when facing down demons and warriors. There will be no on-screen display, and instead damage will be represented by cuts and wounds on the in-game characters. As Senua nears death, the screen will become saturated and splashed with blood.

From the motion capture work to the detailed models, it is clear that a lot of thought has been put into making this game feel realistic. The combat animations and encounters fit with the world that Ninja Theory has labored to create, and we can't wait to see more of Hellblade later this year.

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Data shows Miitomo is in decline, suggests downloads alone aren’t enough

SurveyMonkey’s data tracking arm, SurveyMonkey Intelligence, has taken an in-depth look at the performance of Miitomo one month after the game launched, and it’s not exactly good news.  …


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Riders Of Icarus Trailer Shows Off Class Variety

Nexon is ramping up towards its final closed beta for Riders of Icarus, its fantasy MMO focused on aerial mounts like dragons and pegasi. The beta runs from June 2 through June 7, and Nexon is promising that the new gameplay incorporates feedback from previous playtests as well as other enhancements.

With this final closed beta on the horizon, Nexon is also sharing the latest trailer for the game, which shines a spotlight on the playable classes that players can choose between when the game launches. 

Riders of Icarus is headed to PC, but beyond beta dates, Nexon isn’t ready to share any details about release time frame.  Check out the game 's official site for more details about how to sign up early. 

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New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer Shows Off World and Combat

Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Ghost Reacon Wildlands that shows off the game's open-world as well as snippets of combat. It's a relatively brief video but one that reveals a variety of gameplay sequences, with the eponymous Ghosts sneaking around, traversing rocky terrain with bikes, and blasting enemies away with firearms.

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For more Ghost Recon Wildlands, be sure to check out our impressions of the game from last year.

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How Klang shows another way to do music-inspired game design

Think music-based design just has to be about guitar heroes and dancing revolutions? Indie platformer Klang has a few tricks to show how music can influence your game. …


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I Am Setsuna Gameplay Trailer Shows Off Blend Of Old And New

Earlier today, we shared new hands-on impressions of Square Enix’s I Am Setsuna. Now you can see how the gameplay looks for yourself.

A trailer shows off overworld and combat systems that will seem familiar to anyone that played Chrono Trigger. You can also get a feel for the sweeping music and watercolor aesthetics.

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I am Setsuna will be out on July 19. You can pick it up for $ 39.99 on PlayStation 4 or PC.

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Doom Dev Diary Shows Off Customization, Evisceration

With Doom launching in just two days, you might be wondering what you should expect. Beside the blood and bullets, there are a number of ways to customize how the game plays.

A developer diary featuring executive producer Marty Stratton and creative director Hugo Martin shows off some of the ways you can tweak your experience. Rune trials give you the chance to earn bonuses, and there are research projects you can find to enhance your abilities.

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For more Doom, check out our coverage hub from the February 2016 issue. You can start carving up demons on Friday, May 13, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Elder Scrolls: Legends Now In Beta, New Trailer Shows CCG In Action

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now in a closed beta, and you can sign up to participate in the PC version of the collectible card game starting today. Bethesda has also released a new gameplay trailer for the game, which provides a nice general overview of what you can expect to see.

Players who know about CCGs from games like Hearthstone will feel right at home. Players take turns placing cards and attacking their opponents, while an energy source fills between rounds. Legends features a pair of different lanes, which splits the playfield and could potentially open up new strategic possibilities.

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You can sign up for the beta here. The game, which was announced at last year's E3, was originally set for a 2016 release. It was delayed late last year.

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New Alien: Isolation Pinball Table Trailer Shows A Bug-B-Que

It's doubtful that anyone thought "Pinball!" while playing the 2014 survival-horror game Alien: Isolation, but the creative minds at Zen Studios saw potential in The Creative Assembly's game. Alien vs. Pinball brings a trio of new tables to Zen's pinball platform, including the one featured in today's all-new trailer.

The table follows the same general story arc as the original game, pitting Amanda Ripley against a cunning alien in the abandoned Sevastopol Station. As the trailer below shows, you'll have to worm your way through various tunnels and hatches to avoid detection – only you're doing it with flippers and a ball. Take a look at the pack's announce post for footage of the other pair of tables in action.

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The Aliens vs. Pinball pack is set for an April 26 release as part of Alien Day. The tables are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and iOS.

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